U.S. Triathletes Capture Six Titles, 21 Medals at Worlds

by USA Triathlon

BUDAPEST, Hungary – American athletes combined for six world titles and 21 medal-winning performances Saturday in the ITU Paratriathlon World Championship and the ITU Age Group Sprint World Championship in soggy conditions along the Danube River.

The ITU Under-23 World Championship followed with Lauren Goldstein-Kral (Shaker Heights, Ohio) posting a ninth-place showing to lead a group of seven up-and-coming U.S. athletes.

U.S. Takes Three Titles in World’s Largest Paratriathlon
Megan Fisher (Missoula, Mont.), Matt Perkins (Boise, Idaho) and Melissa Stockwell (Oak Park, Ill.) victorious in their respective categories to highlight eight U.S. medalists in the ITU Paratriathlon World Championship.  

Rounding out the American medal winners were Carly Waugh (Knoxville, Tenn.), Scout Bassett (Palm Desert, Calif.), Craig Voghtsberger (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), JP Theberge (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Ivonne Mosquera (Midland, Mich.), who each brought home silver.

In all, 20 U.S. athletes were a part of the largest paratriathlon in history, which included 85 athletes from 15 nations. The sprint-distance event featured a 750-meter swim, a 20-kilometer bike and a 5-kilometer run.

Fisher, who took the TRI-5 category with a time of 1 hour, 25 minutes, 3 seconds, and the five-time world champion Perkins, who grabbed the TRI-2 win in 1:21:56, were repeat winners after earning gold in Gold Coast, Australia, a year ago.

Stockwell, who made her paratriathlon worlds debut, is a first-time champion.

“I just had a really good race, and I think the significance of being on September 11 and running across for the USA just means that much more,” said Stockwell, who lost her left leg while serving with the U.S. Army in Iraq in 2004. “It couldn’t have gone any better; I’m actually thrilled.”

Bassett, the runner-up to Stockwell in the TRI-2 category, also was excited after overcoming a slow start on the swim. “The swim wasn’t so good, but I pushed it hard on the bike and I knew that if I could just stay within a couple minutes of my competitors ahead of me I’d be able to make up for it on the run,” said Bassett, who won her third world championship silver medal. She later added, “Everything worked out how I thought it would today, so I’m very excited.”

The USA Paratriathlon National Team in sponsored by Accenture.   

Team USA Sprints to 13 Medals
Donald Ardell (St. Petersburg, Fla.) was a repeat winner in the male 70-74 age group, while Jessica Imm (Davenport, Iowa) and Tracy DiSabato-Aust (Sunbury, Ohio) claimed their first ITU medals with gold in the female 25-29 and 50-54 age groups, respectively, in the ITU Age Group Sprint World Championship.

In all, the U.S. raced its way to 13 medals – three gold, four silver and six bronze – in the sprint event, which consisted of a 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run.

Ardell, who now owns four world championship medals, logged a time of 1:25:12 and moved from fourth to first on the run to close the event, while Imm’s mark of 1:09:49 was the top time by an American female and ranked 15th overall. DiSabato-Aust, who finished in 1:12:50, took over the lead on the bike and topped the 50-54 age group by 2 minutes.

A pair of athletes captured their second medals of the week in Budapest, as Shelly Bloom (Durham, N.C.) won bronze in the female 55-59 age group after doing the same in Wednesday’s ITU Aquathlon World Championship, and aquathlon world champion Jody Kelly (Austin, Texas) was third in the female 70-74 category Saturday.

In addition to Ardell, silver medalist Betsy Henderson (Roanoke, Va.) was a repeat medalist in the female 55-59 age group after taking bronze a year ago.

After heavy early morning showers, the age-groupers caught a break when the rains let up, but the weather still played a role in each of the day’s events. “It was challenging course,” said Elise Schillmoller (Miami, Fla.), who was 12th in the 30-34 age group and 47th overall in the women’s race. “I’m from Florida so the weather was a little bit challenging for me. I had to be careful out there, especially on the bike.”

But the outstanding crowd support from U.S. supporters and the fans of other nations helped Team USA overcome the weather. “It’s also really cool having the spectators – people you don’t even know cheering for USA – cheering for you. It’s a very neat situation to be in,” said Lauren Bussian (Haymarket, Va.), who finished sixth in the 16-19 age group.

Ronnie Anderson (Milwaukee, Wis.), the No. 2 U.S. finisher in the 45-49 age group, agreed. “With the crowds around here and … them yelling in all sorts of different languages, it’s pretty awesome, and every time you hear someone yell out you just want to crank it up.”

Goldstein-Kral Takes Ninth to Lead U.S. in Under-23 Worlds
Lauren Goldstein-Kral (Shaker Heights, Ohio) took ninth in the ITU Under-23 World Championship to pace seven U.S. athletes in action on either side of today’s men’s ITU WCS Grand Final.

Goldstein-Kral covered the Olympic-distance event (1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run) in 2:00:19. She was third out of the water and exited T2 in eighth before making a move to fourth on the first lap of the run and holding on for a top-10 finish. She was 12th in the same event a year ago.

“My goal was actually top 10 so that was exciting,” said Goldstein-Kral, who is a runner and swimmer at Williams College. “The swim went really well for me. I’ve been having a lot of trouble making first pack throughout the season just because I haven’t been able to have the sprint at the beginning, so I finally worked out my sprint at the beginning and basically I’ve been working on that all summer, so it’s nice that that finally worked out for me.”

Standout collegiate triathletes Lauren Goss (Mount Pleasant, S.C.), who was 19th in 2:02:24, and Jessica Broderick (Middlebury, Conn.), who placed 22nd in 2:03:03, gave the Americans three of the top 22 finishers on the women’s side.

Following the WCS event, the men’s U23 race closed the day with Nicholas Vandam (Eagan, Minn.) pacing the Americans in 36th at 1:48:26. Greg Billington (Spokane, Wash.) took 41st in 1:49:29, and Kalen Darling (Honolulu, Hawaii) was 60th in 1:53:15.

A second consecutive full day of racing will get underway Sunday at 6:30 a.m. locally with the ITU Age Group Olympic-distance World Championship, the women’s ITU WCS Grand Final and the ITU Junior World Championships.

2010 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships, Budapest, Hungary
United States Medalists – Click here for complete results

Female TRI-1
2. Carly Waugh (Knoxville, Tenn.), 1:38:29
Female TRI-2
1. Melissa Stockwell (Oak Park, Ill.), 1:39:00
2. Scout Bassett (Palm Desert, Calif.), 2:07:48
Male TRI-2
1. Matt Perkins (Boise, Idaho), 1:21:56
Male TRI-3
2. Craig Voghtsberger (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), 1:15:00
Female TRI-5
1. Megan Fisher (Missoula, Mont.), 1:25:03
Male TRI-5
2. JP Theberge (Carlsbad, Calif.), 1:09:11
Female TRI-6
2. Ivonne Mosquera (Midland, Mich.), 1:34:25

2010 ITU Sprint Triathlon World Championships, Budapest, Hungary
United States Medalists – click here for complete unofficial results

Female 20-24
2. Aubrey Cook (Westfield, Mass.), 1:10:45
Female 25-29
1. Jessica Imm (Davenport, Iowa), 1:09:49
Female 45-49
3. Julia Julisson (Laguna Beach, Calif.), 1:12:36
Female 50-54
1. Tracy DiSabato-Aust (Sunbury, Ohio), 1:12:50
Female 55-59
2. Betsy Henderson (Roanoke, Va.), 1:20:28
3. Shelly Bloom (Durham, N.C.), 1:22:23
Male 60-64
2. Peter Hoyt (Costa Mesa, Calif.), 1:13:23
3. Robert Stipp (Yorba Linda, Calif.), 1:13:57
Female 65-69
3. Celeste Callahan (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 1:38:41
Female 70-74
2. Patti Townsend (Evergreen, Colo.), 1:54:29
3. Jody Kelly (Austin, Texas), 2:27:30
Male 70-74
1. Donald Ardell (St. Petersburg, Fla.), 1:25:12
Male 75-59
3. Jerry Ban (Lumber City, Ga.), 1:43:41

2010 ITU Women’s Under-23 World Championship, Budapest, Hungary
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1. Emma Jackson (AUS), 1:58:07
2. Kirsten Sweetland (CAN), 1:58:59
3. Emmie Charayron (FRA), 1:59:19
9. Lauren Goldstein-Kral (Shaker Heights, Ohio), 2:00:19
19. Lauren Goss (Mount Pleasant, S.C.), 2:02:24
22. Jessica Broderick (Middlebury, Conn.), 2:03:03
Kate Ross (Colorado Springs, Colo.) DNF

2010 ITU Men’s Under-23 World Championship, Budapest, Hungary
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1. Jonathan Brownlee (GBR), 1:44:24
2. Ryan Sissons (NZL), 1:44:52
3. Franz Loeschke (GER), 1:44:53
36. Nicholas Vandam (Eagan, Minn.), 1:48:26
41. Greg Billington (Spokane, Wash.), 1:49:29
60. Kalen Darling (Honolulu, Hawaii), 1:53:15

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