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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: October 24

By Elizabeth Grimsley | Oct. 24, 2016, 2:40 p.m. (ET)

XTERRA World Championship

Mexico’s Mauricio Mendez and Bermuda’s Flora Duffy won XTERRA World Championship titles in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii, this weekend. Duffy, also the 2016 ITU World Champion, claimed the off-road crown after completing the windy, muddy course in 3:14:59. Backed by the fastest swim, bike and run of the day, she managed to take home her third-consecutive title. Scotland’s Lesley Paterson came across the finish line over 10 minutes back of Duffy, earning the silver in 3:25:01. She was followed by American Suzie Snyder (Reno, Nev.), who rounded out the podium with the bronze. Snyder capped off her best year as an elite, finishing the tough course in 3:29:03. On the men’s side, Mendez outlasted a competitive field of elites to cross the finish line in 2:49:38. At just 21 years old, the World Champion has been in the sport for quite a while, winning the amateur XTERRA World Championship at 18 and went pro at 19. He outlasted Spain’s Rubin Ruzafa, who completed his race in 2:51:02 and Australia’s Ben Allen’s 2:53:49, for second and third, respectively. The 2015 World Champion Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) finished fifth. Middaugh, winner of the inaugural XTERRA Pan American Championship series, closed out his season with a time of 2:57:06. It was his ninth time overall and fifth time in a row finishing as the top American. After a recent fourth-place finish at the IRONMAN World Championship, Ben Hoffman (Boulder, Colo.) finished inside the top 10, sitting in seventh. For full results and more on the races, visit

ITU Tongyeong World Cup

U.S. elite triathletes claimed three of six medals awarded in South Korea at the Tongyeong World Cup this weekend. Backed by the fastest run split of the day, Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) earned her second career World Cup title after also winning the gold in Chengdu, China, in April. Cook’s time of 59:43 outlasted Japan’s Ai Ueda, who came across the line 11 seconds later at 59:54, as well as teammate Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.) who’s 1:00:15 was good enough for bronze. The final American woman, Jessica Broderick (Boulder, Colo.), crossed the line in 10th (1:00:52).

Thrilled to take the W at #tongyeongwc today! I'm proud to have put together a strong race all around today with small victories throughout the race as I took some process steps forward. Looking forward to my last race of the year in Miyazaki, Japan next week with a stopover in Seoul to visit@yissguardians first!

Podium vibes from yesterday's #TongyeongWC ⭐️ 🇺🇸✌🏼️🇰🇷⭐️

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Podium vibes from yesterday's #TongyeongWC ⭐️ 🇺🇸✌🏼️🇰🇷⭐️  

On the men’s side, Spain’s Uxio Aubin Ares won the gold medal in 53:39 followed closely by Matt McElroy (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Russia’s Vladimir Turbayevskiy in second and third, respectively. After sprinting to the end, McElroy finished just one second back of Ares and had the same time as Turbayevskiy and Azerbaijan’s Rostislav Pevtsov. But a photo finish awarded McElroy the silver, Turbayevskiy bronze and Pevtsov just off the podium in fourth. It was McElroy’s second World Cup silver of the season. The Americans had three other men finish in the top 10: Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.) coming in sixth, Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.) finishing ninth and 2016 U.S. Olympian Greg Billington (Spokane, Wash.) in 10th.

For more on the races, including full results, visit

UIPM Biathle World Championships

U.S. elite Erin Jones Storie (Hood, Ore.) won the 2016 Biathle World Championship title in Sarasota, Florida, this weekend. The run, swim, run event, hosted by the International Modern Pentathlon Union, featured many of the world’s top two- and three-sport athletes.

Women's World Biathle Champion!!! #RunSwimRun Thanks for all the support: Logan, Dad, Justin and all the supporters today!!! You guys are awesome!

Storie, who recently married U.S. pentathlete Logan Storie, closed out her weekend with two gold medals as she and her and husband Logan also took the gold medal in the mixed relay.

Victory for Team STORIE at the World Biathle Championships. #biathle #marriedlife #florida

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Victory for Team STORIE at the World Biathle Championships.#biathle #marriedlife #florida

2016 Olympic pentathlon alternate Samantha Achterberg (Denver, Colo.) rounded out the women’s podium with bronze for her efforts in the biathle. She was also crowned World Champion in the triathle, a race consisting of shooting, swimming and running.  

For more on the races, visit

IRONMAN 70.3 Miami

American Rodolphe von Berg (Boulder, Colo.) finished second at the half-IRONMAN event in Miami, Fla., this weekend. His time of 3:44:45, backed by the second-fastest run split of the day, landed him just over two minutes back of champion Terenzo Bozzone of New Zealand’s 3:42:10 but ahead of Germany’s Franz Loeschke’s time of 3:45:29. Ben Collins (Seattle, Wash.) also landed inside the top 10, sitting in sixth with a time of 3:49:42 while fellow American Matt Hanson (Storm Lake, Iowa) was good enough for eighth.

On the women’s side, Jennifer Spieldenner (Findlay, Ohio) also brought home a silver medal for the U.S., finishing with a time of 4:17:27 to Australian gold medalist Ellie Salthouse’s 4:12:44. Kelly Fillnow (Charlotte, N.C.), eighth, and Lauren Capone (Santa Barbra, Calif.), ninth, also finished in the top 10. For full results, visit