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UPDATED: Age Groupers Take on the World

By Jason Mucher | June 07, 2008, 7:19 p.m. (ET)

Team USA athletes performed well at the 2008 ITU Age Group World Championship in Vancouver, Canada on Saturday, despite changes to the course on race morning.

A total of 1,702 athletes from around the world participated in the event.

Final results are still under protest from several countries as several athletes were disqualified due to missed laps on the bike and run. We are awaiting word from the ITU on when results will become official, but according to USAT's unofficial tally, Team USA athletes earned 30 medals in the age group Olympic-distance and the sprint distance races. No results are available from the physically challenged race.

The medal count included nine gold, 10 silver, and 11 bronze. Highlighting the haul was men's 25-29 age grouper Eric Bell (Knoxville, Tenn.) who became the third-straight U.S. male to win the overall age group title. And 15-year-old Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.) tied for the fastest sprint distance time, giving the U.S. their second-straight overall male winner in that race. A total of 19 U.S. juniors (ages 16-19) took part in the sprint race.

In the Olympic distance race, the 383 U.S. age group and physically challenged athletes faced less-than-ideal weather conditions as the day unfolded, forcing the ITU race officials to shorten the swim from 1,500 meters to 1,100 meters before the race even began.

The first Olympic distance wave was the PC division, followed by the 18-19 age group women and 20-24 women, who raced into the chilly waters of English Bay. A few more age categories were started before the winds picked up, creating extremely choppy conditions.

The officials canceled the swim after the women's 50-54 age group departed the beach, leaving the remaining women's age groups (55 and older) and the entire men's field to compete on a 3k run, 40k bike, 10k run duathlon course.

In all, 672 athletes entered the water while the remaining 1,030 completed the duathlon.

U.S. Sprint Distance Age Group Medalists

M16-19: Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.) (1:09:48) tied for overall title

F16-19: Jessica Clay (South Elgin, Ill.) (1:23:15)

F16-19: Melanie Greiner (Oswego, Ill.) (1:23:24)

U.S. Olympic Distance Age Group Medalists

M25-29: Eric Bell (Knoxville, Tenn.) (1:37:58)

F50-54: Kelly Molaski (Bellingham, Wash.) (2:10:44)

M50-54: Tony Schiller (Chanhassen, Minn.) (1:45:26)

M60-64: Richard Holloway (Bellingham, Wash.) (1:57:50)

F65-69: Ann Erickson (The Woodlands, Texas) (2:21:02)

F75+: Molly Hayes (Bozeman, Mont.) (3:31:49)

M75-79: Lew Hollander (Bend, Ore.) (2:39:49)

M80+: Charley French (Ketchum, Idaho) (2:44:59)

M18-19: Joseph Welsh (Cordova, Tenn.) (1:45:48)

M30-34: Mark Harms (Madison, Wis.) (1:39:50)

M35-39: Craig Greenslit (Berthoud, Colo.) (1:39:36)

F40-44: Linda Robb (Juno Beach, Fla.) (2:08:08)

F45-49: Holly Nybo (Portola Valley, Calif.) (2:13:46)

M50-54: Steve Pyle (Boulder, Colo.) (1:48:46)

M60-64: Bradley Price (Austin, Texas) (1:59:45)

F70-74: Sharon Roggenbuck (Hillsborough, N.C.) (2:51:23)

M70-74: Jon Adamson (Alpharetta, Ga.) (2:09:16)

F18-19: Jessica Broderick (Middlebury, Conn.) (2:08:24)

M18-19: Eric Lagerstrom (Portland, Ore.) (1:46:51)

M20-24: Tony White (Corbin, Ky.) (1:40:10)

F45-49: Annie Carrino (Portola Valley, Calif.) (2:14:43)

F50-54: Karen Chequer-Pfeiffer (Windsor, Calif.) (2:16:05)

F55-59: Sally Long (St. Charles, Ill.) (2:13:53)

M55-59: Michael Orendorff (Pueblo, Colo.) (1:51:23)

F60-64: Lauren Binder (Portland, Ore.) (2:13:32)

F70-74: Sheila Isaacs (Shoreham, N.Y.) (3:02:42)

M70-74: Gary Leske (Setauket, N.Y.) (2:15:23)

Check the ITU website for official results later in the week.