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Team USA Opens World Championships in Edmonton with 11 Aquathlon Titles, 26 Medals
Aquathlon Worlds kicks off five days of racing in Hawrelak Park
EDMONTON, Alberta — Amateur multisport athletes from the United States picked up 11 titles and 26 total medals on Wednesday at the 2014 ITU Aquathlon World Championships, the opening event of the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships weekend at Hawrelak Park.
Gold medalists in the 750-meter swim, 4.6-kilometer run event include:
• Ellie Lindauer (25-29, Fishers, Ind.)
• Julianna Bartizy-Morley (40-44, Centennial, Colo.)
• Jamie Cleveland (40-44, Sunset Valley, Texas)
• Fiona Bayly (45-49, New York, N.Y.)
• Shelly Bloom (60-64, Durham, N.C.)
• Philip Friedman (60-64, Erie, Pa.)
• Peter Hoyt (65-69, Costa Mesa, Calif.)
• Heysoon Lee (70-74, Morristown, N.J.)
• Michael Wood (70-74, Ventura, Calif.)
• Donald Ardell (75-79, St. Petersburg, Fla.)
• Brad Leonard (80-84, Missoula, Mont.)
Team USA, which is comprised of amateur multisport athletes who represent the U.S. at each ITU world championship event, also claimed five silver medals and 10 bronze.
Aquathlon Worlds marks the first day in five days of racing that will take place in Edmonton, including the age-group Sprint World Championships on Friday and the Olympic-Distance World Championships on Monday. For many athletes on Team USA, the destination was close enough to feel familiar.
“I’ve been out here a lot of times, so it’s home territory,” said Friedman, who struck gold today. He won a bronze medal at Sprint Worlds last year and was competing in the aquathlon for the first time at a world championship event. “It always depends on who shows up. I thought there was someone ahead of me and I caught him, but he was in a different age group.”
Team USA boasts more than 600 athletes on the ground in Edmonton this week, and Friedman is one of nearly 100 Americans who will compete in multiple events over the week. Ten of those athletes will be competing in all three age-group races, including Michael Zinn (65-69, Dallas, Texas), who finished seventh in his age group.
“It’s fantastic. I got into this 12 years ago after I did a lot of marathons and decided to get into triathlons,” said Zinn, who has been to nearly 10 world championships in his career. “Beyond my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d be at a world championship, much less make it to a national championship that would qualify me for the world championship. I did my first one back in Lausanne in 2006 and I was on cloud nine being there, just to finish.”
While some athletes see aquathlon as a warm-up race for the events later in the week, the growing discipline is a big part of the multisport lifestyle for many athletes who hope to see it continue to gain popularity in the future.
“I think part of what makes it great is that it’s a quick transition, and in terms of travel, getting around the world, it’s easy to just throw your goggles and a pair of shoes in your bag and compete against a really competitive international field,” said Laura Zaunbrecher (30-34, Boulder, Colo.). “That’s part of what makes it awesome – you can go all over the world.”
Age-groupers will return to the race course Friday morning for the Sprint World Championships. In addition to aquathlon and the sprint- and Olympic-distance triathlon age-group races, the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final, junior, under-23 and paratriathlon world championships will be contested in the coming days through Sept. 1. Visit usatriathlon.org for full coverage of each race.
2014 ITU Aquathlon World Championships – Click here for complete results
750m swim, 4.6k run
United States Age-Group Medalists
3. Jeevan Philip (Richland, Wash.), 28:13
3. Andrea Nunez-Smith (Austin, Texas), 31:02
1. Ellie Lindauer (Fishers, Ind.), 30:30
3. Amanda Meredith-Dunlop (Holladay, Utah), 35:07
3. Matt Koenigs (Snohomish, Wash.), 27:21
3. Jenny Dehart (Lexington, Va.), 32:31
3. Pieter Dehart (Lexington, Va.), 28:26
1. Julianna Bartizy-Morley (Centennial, Colo.), 33:16
1. Jamie Cleveland (Sunset Valley, Texas), 27:24
3. Kirk Framke (Denver, Colo.), 28:16
1. Fiona Bayly (New York, N.Y.), 32:03
3. Katie McCully (Eastham, Mass.), 32:38
2. Daniel Wirls (Santa Cruz, Calif.), 30:14
2. David Campbell (Auburn, Calif.), 31:31
1. Shelly Bloom (Durham, N.C.), 40:55
3. Laurita Samuels (Fort Pierce, Fla.), 43:22
1. Philip Friedman (Erie, Pa.), 32:27
3. Judith Reiberg (New York, N.Y.), 42:51
1. Peter Hoyt (Costa Mesa, Calif.), 34:44
2. John Gregory (Roanoke, Va.), 36:44
1. Heysoon Lee (Morristown, N.J.), 49:16
1. Michael Wood (Ventura, Calif.), 39:27
2. Arby Kitzman (Morro Bay, Calif.), 40:51
1. Donald Ardell (St. Petersburg, Fla.), 40:31
2. Don Nelson (Tulsa, Okla.), 55:33
1. Brad Leonard (Missoula, Mont.), 1:07:17
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).