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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: September 5

By Elizabeth Grimsley | Sept. 05, 2016, 7:32 p.m. (ET)

WTS Edmonton

The U.S. women raced to their third podium sweep in history and first of the 2016 season in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Sunday. Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) won her first WTS title with a time of 56:49 while 2016 U.S. Olympians Sarah True (Hanover, N.H.) and Katie Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.) finished second (56:52) and third (56:56), respectively.

Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) also finished in the top 10, picking up a sixth-place finish with a time of 57:19 as Bermuda’s Flora Duffy, fourth, and Great Britain’s Vicky Holland, fifth, separating her from her fellow countrywomen. 

With the 2016 ITU World Champion set to be crowned on Sept. 17 in Cozumel, Mexico, Olympic champion and two-time defending world champion Gwen Jorgensen is less than 200 points behind Duffy, and 6 U.S. women are ranked in the top 20 in the world.

On the men’s side, Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.) had his best finish of 2016, crossing the line in 18th. British triathlete and 2016 Olympic silver medalist Jonathan Brownlee claimed the gold.

For full results and more on the race, visit

NCAA Triathlon Central Regional Qualifier

In the first of three opportunities to qualify to the Women's Collegiate Triathlon National Championship, Arizona State took home the team title in its first-ever NCAA collegiate triathlon compeition in Naperville, Illinois. The Sun Devils’ three-member team, consisting of Katie Gorczyca, Charlotte Ahrens and Delaney Bucker, will advance to race for the national title in November.

Gorczyca had the best time of the day and was the only woman to finish under an hour, crossing the finish line in 58:59. Ahrens followed up in second, 1:00:03, while Bucker finished fourth, 1:05:23.

The final two qualifiers will take place in the coming weeks with the East Regional Qualifier in Greensboro, N.C., on Oct. 2 and the West Regional Qualifier in Berkeley, California, on Oct. 8.

Zofingen ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships

Forty Team USA age-group athletes toed the line in Switzerland this weekend. Two American duathletes were crowned World Champion while six other Americans claimed podium spots. Steve Sloan (Berkeley, Calif.) took the men’s 18-19 title with a time of 7:21:33, Jenna Hay (North Richland Hills, Texas) claimed the gold medal in the women’s 20-24 age group for her time of 10:42:46.

Keith Jackson (Englewood, Colo.) finished in third for the 20-24-year-old men, about 26 seconds back from first, Pamela Ferguson (Houston, Texas) and Melissa Guthrie (Gilbert, Ariz.) paced 2-3 in the women’s 35-39 age group, Rebecca Bradley (Dallas, Texas) nabbed the last podium spot for the 40-44 women, Manuela Knispel (Shorewood, Minn.) claimed the silver for the 45-49 women and James Griffis (The Woodlands, Texas) finished second in the men’s 60-64 age group.

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IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship

The best half-IRONMAN triathletes took to the swim-bike-run course in Mooloolaba, Australia, this weekend for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. The highest American finish came from Alicia Kaye (Clermont, Fla.), who completed her race in 4:17:53, a time good enough for eighth place. Great Britain’s Holly Lawrence claimed the gold with 4:09:12.

8th place at #im703wc !! I am so pleased with my performance. The competition was stacked and 4 of us (5th-8th) finished within 40 seconds of each other! Wonderful day, congratulations to all finishers!!

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Around Social Media

The Rio de Janeiro 2016 Paralympic Games kick off Wednesday with the Opening Ceremony, and Team USA’s paratriathletes are off to Brazil and ready to race.

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We are off... Police escort and all! Adeus Houston!

We made it!! @usparalympics @usatriathlon #seelthedeal #swimbikeruntrack

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We made it!! @usparalympics@usatriathlon #seelthedeal#swimbikeruntrack