USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: May 16

By Elizabeth Grimsley | May 16, 2016, 1:15 p.m. (ET)

ITU World Triathlon Yokohama

The men’s Olympic triathlon team that will compete in Rio de Janeiro in August was named this weekend after the conclusion of the race in Japan. Joe Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.), Greg Billington (Spokane, Wash.) and Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.) will represent the U.S. in Brazil.

Maloy had the highest placement of any American male in Yokohama, crossing the finish line in 11th with a time of 1:47:16.

I’ve gone for lots of runs, but this one was pretty special knowing when I finished I'd have the opportunity to race for my country in Rio this summer. So pumped to share the day w/ my team @pstriathlon@adduggan @maddievonsavage ...and especially @maloyjohn10 (who else could've talked me through the pre-race freak out?) #roadtorio #thetriathlonsquad #MakeAmericaGoldAgain

Kanute was one of the first men out of the water and finished not far behind Maloy, crossing the line in 1:47:52 for 17th place.

It's hard to describe the feeling of achieving a dream. There have been many hours put in, and countless people who have helped me along the way. Thank you so much to all of those who have been a part of my journey. The next 80 days or so are going to be exciting #roadtorio

Despite not being able to finish the race, Billington had enough points in the Objective Ranking System entering the race to qualify to the Olympic team with the second-highest point total.

Eric Lagerstrom (Portland, Ore.), Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.) and Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) also raced, finishing 35th, 36th and 45th, respectively. Mario Mola of Spain won the overall men’s title. 

For more on the men’s Olympic qualifiers, click here.

On the women’s side, Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) won her fourth-straight title in Yokohama, finishing with a time of 1:56:02, over a minute ahead of silver medalist Ashleigh Gentle of Australia. Japan’s Ai Ueda rounded out the podium in third.

Katie Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.) was the highest-finishing American woman apart from Jorgensen, finishing in 1:57:35 for sixth. Kirsten Kasper (North Andover) also had a top 10 showing, finishing ninth (1:58:02). Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.), Lindsey Jerdonek (Brecksville, Ohio) and Erin Jones (Hood River, Ore.) rounded out the U.S. women in 26th, 29th and 45th, respectively. 

For a recap and full results of the race, visit usatriathlon.org.

Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Event

Paratriathletes also took to the course in Japan with a number of Americans winning their sport classes. Mary Kate Callahan (La Grange, Ill.) won women’s PT1 as the sole competitor in the sport class, finishing with a time of 1:25:08.

Allysa Seely (Glendale, Ariz.) also took top honors in PT2, coming in around three minutes ahead of silver-medalist Yukako Hata of Japan.

"Today was a training race. I really just came out to try to put together what I’ve been working on for the past few weeks," she said. "I definitely had some missteps during the race so some lessons to take home and more work to do. But right now the goal remains Rio, so this is all just a stepping stone."

Amy Dixon (Greenwich, Conn.) also left Yokohama victorious, winning PT5 with a time of 1:09:31 over fellow American Elizabeth Baker (Signal Mountain, Tenn.). Ruth-Ann Reeves (Hattiesburg, Miss.) closed out the U.S. women with silver in PT4, crossing the finish line in 1:15:31.

this time I stayed on course ... grateful for a silver medal finish in this gorgeous country #wtsyokohama #teamusa #dare2tri

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This time I stayed on course ... grateful for a silver medal finish in this gorgeous country #wtsyokohama #teamusa #dare2tri

In men’s PT1, Geoffrey Kennedy (Rio Grande, Puerto Rio) took sixth with a time of 1:08:46. Brian Norberg (Chicago, Ill.) took fifth in PT2 with a time of 1:15:58 while Joel Rosinbum (Austin, Texas) and Jose Ramos (Arlington, Va.) finished 12th and 13th, respectively, in PT4. Brandon Adame (Houston, Texas) rounded out the American men finishers with a fourth-place finish in PT5.

For full results, visit triathlon.org.

2016 Aguilas ITU World Paratriathlon Event

U.S. paratriathletes also competed in Spain over the weekend, taking home one overall title and three total podium finishes. Sarah Reinertsen (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and Melissa Stockwell (Chicago, Ill.) finished one-two in the PT2 sport class, with times of 1:27:23 and 1:29:32, respectively.

Flying high with my eagle trophy from Aguilas, Spain! 🇪🇸 So proud to have won GOLD today @worldtriathlon ITU #Paratriathlon event. Couldn't have reached the top of the podium without the support of my amazing team. #mywinningmoment 

Zach Young (Jackson, Mo.) and Howie Sanborn (Denver, Colo.) finished eighth and ninth, respectively, in men’s PT1. Mark Barr (Houston, Texas) had a bronze-medal performance in PT2 with a time of 1:15:13, three minutes behind gold medalist Michele Ferrarin of Italy. In PT4, Jamie Brown (San Diego, Calif.) narrowly missed the podium, coming in fourth with a time of 1:06:57. JP Theberge (Elfin Forest, Calif.) also raced PT4, placing sixth.

For full results, visit triathlon.org.

IRONMAN North American Championship Texas

Jodie Robertson (Melville, N.Y.) and Lisa Roberts (Tucson, Ariz.) had podium finishes in The Woodlands, Texas after getting through a grueling weather-delayed race Saturday. Robertson’s time of 8:16:30 was just over five minutes back of women’s champion Julia Gajer of Germany. Overall, eight American women finished in the top 10.

On the men’s side Matt Russell (Boulder, Colo.) claimed the silver medal, finishing in 7:21:56. Germany’s Patrick Lange and New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone filled out the podium in first and third, respectively. The U.S. finished with three men in the top 10. For full results, visit ironman.com.

XTERRA Tahiti

Defending XTERRA World Champion Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) continued to dominate the off-road triathlon world, taking the Tahiti title this weekend. Middaugh's time of 2:55:49 was good enough to beat France's Christophe Betard by 10 minutes. On the women's side, Lesley Paterson (San Diego, Calif.) took top honors, finishing in 3:34:19.

For results, click here.

Long Course Duathlon National Championships

Cecilia Davis-Hayes (New York, N.Y.) and Tim Nichols (Wilmington, N.C.) claimed overall long course duathlon national titles this weekend in Cary, North Carolina. Davis-Hayes finished with a time of 2:18:15 while Nichols came across the line in 2:06:57. Elite Patrick Parish (Minneapolis, Minn.) also participated, finishing in 2:06:16.