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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: September 19

By Elizabeth Grimsley | Sept. 19, 2016, 1:19 p.m. (ET)

ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel

Olympic gold medalist and two-time defending ITU World Champion Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) wrapped up a successful season with a second-place in the 1,500-meter, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run race as well as the overall silver for the season. Bermuda’s Flora Duffy won the race and was crowned World Champion, a first for her country. She finished her race in 1:57:59 to Jorgensen’s 1:59:16. Australia’s Charlotte McShane finished third in the race, and Japan's Ai Ueda finished third for the season.

Fellow Olympians Sarah True (Hanover, N.H.) and Katie Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.) also raced, finishing seventh and 13th, respectively. Zaferes’ result earned her fourth overall for the season. Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.), 18th, and Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.), 29th, also completed the hot, humid and grueling triathlon.

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On the men’s side, Greg Billington (Spokane, Wash.) had the highest finish for the U.S., coming across the finish line in 1:48:48 for 17th. It was his second top-20 result this season and best result at an elite Grand Final. South Africa’s Henri Schoeman took the gold to follow up his bronze at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

One month ago today @henrischoeman won an #Olympics bronze medal. Now he won his first WTS gold and podium! Not a bad way to end a season eh? #WTSCozumel 


But the inspiring story of the day went to Great Britain’s Brownlee brothers. Alistair Brownlee, the two-time Olympic champion, gave up a chance at winning the race to help his brother Jonathan, Rio 2016 silver medalist, across the line after nearly collapsing on the course. Despite the setback, J. Brownlee took the silver and A. Brownlee the bronze. In the overall point-total race, Spain’s Mario Mola was named World Champion while J. Brownlee finished second by only four points and Spain’s Fernando Alarza finished third.

Other Americans that raced Sunday include 2016 Olympians Joe Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.) and Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.) who crossed the finish line in 47th and 50th, respectively, as well as Josh Izewski (Doylestown, Pa.), who finished 45th.

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ITU Junior World Championships

The festivities in Cozumel also included junior elite races. After finishing as the runner-up in 2015, Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.) claimed the gold medal Friday, finishing the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run in 59:05. Germany’s Lisa Tertsch finished second and South Korea’s Hye Rim Jeong claimed the bronze. Kyleigh Spearing (Frankfort, Ill.) was ninth, and Audrey Ernst (South Elgin, Ill.), 34th, also raced.

The U.S. dominated on the men’s side as well with Austin Hindman (Wildwood, Mo.) racing to the top of the podium in 54:02. Canada’s Charles Paquet and Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra rounded out the podium in second and third, respectively. Americans Graham Pimentel (Naples, Fla.), 18th, and Grant Jarvis (Texarkana, Texas), 61st, also raced.

The Junior World Championships also featured a team relay. The American team, comprised of Spearing, Pimentel, Knibb and Hindman, closed out its weekend in fourth with a time of 1:06:43, just six seconds behind bronze medalist Australia. Spain won the gold in 1:06:29 while Great Britain took home the silver for its time of 1:06:33.

For more on the junior elite races, plus full results, visit

ITU U23 World Championships

Katie Gorczyca (Las Vegas, Nev.) was the top American finisher at the women’s under-23 triathlon, coming across the line in 15th with a time of 2:04:22. Bria Edwards (State College, Pa.) also raced, finishing 23rd. The overall winner was Laura Lindemann of Germany (1:59:18).

Smiling because I love what I do:) After dodging a crash on the sketchy bike course and running through the the blistering Mexican heat, I'm happy with a top 15 finish at my first world championships! Lots of learning done today and I'm hungry for more! #wtscozumel @usatriathlon @teamusa @sundevilathletics

On the men’s side, Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.) was the top under-23 triathlete for the U.S., finishing in 1:55:11 for 13th. William Huffman (Colleyville, Texas) was 23rd, and Rudy von Berg (Boulder, Colo.) also raced, finishing 32nd while The Netherlands’ Jorik van Egdom claimed the gold. For full results, visit

ITU Sprint Triathlon World Championships

Team USA age-groupers claimed eight world titles at the sprint potion of the World Championships on Thursday. Gold medalists included Thomas Barton (25-29, Miami, Fla.), Susan Griffin-Kaklikian (60-64, Castle Rock, Colo.), Philip Friedman (60-64, Erie, Pa.), Jim Sumara (65-69, Jacksonville, Fla.), Paula Larsen (70-74, Delafield, Wis.), Patricia Ryan (75-79, Medford, Mass.), Arby Kitzman (75-79, Morro Bay, Calif.) and Winston Allen (85-89, St. Augustine, Fla.). It was the second title in a row for both Larsen and Allen while Griffin-Kaklikian and Kitzman each picked up their second world titles of the week after also racing in the Aquathlon World Championships one day prior.

Apart from the eight winners, the U.S. also won five silver and six bronze. Silver medalists for Team USA were Kirsten Sass (35-39, McKenzie, Tenn.), Kirk Framke (40-44, Denver, Colo.), Michele Tuttle (50-54, Columbia, Md.), Michael Collins (50-54, Irvine, Calif.) and Stephen Chase (75-79, Nantucket, Mass.). Bronze medals were won by Stacy Sweetser (40-44, Amherst, N.H.), Rebecca Smith (50-54, West Chester, Pa.), Ellen Hart (55-59, Denver, Colo.), Steve Gallagher (60-64, Winter Park, Fla.), John Strait (70-74, New Port Richey, Fla.) and June Black (75-79, Austin, Texas). For more on the races, as well as full results, visit

ITU Standard Triathlon World Championships

On the final day of competition at the World Championships in Cozumel, Mexico, Team USA amateur athletes picked up nine world titles and 30 total medals in the 1,250-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run standard-distance triathlon. The nine world champions from the U.S. were Ian Hoover-Grinde (18-19, Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Kirsten Sass (35-39, McKenzie, Tenn.), Linda Robb (50-54, Juno Beach, Fla.), Kyle Welch (55-59, Sunnyvale, Calif.), Martha Whitacre (60-64, Paris, Ill.), Michael McCombs (60-64, Marlborough, Mass.), Mike Wien (65-69, Marietta, Ga.), Peggy McDowell-Cramer (75-79, Santa Monica, Calif.) and Vern Holthouse (75-79, Acampo, Calif.).

There were also seven silver medalists and 14 who earned bronze. The silver medalists were Jeff Fejfar (40-44, Olive Branch, Miss.), Steph Popelar (45-49, Parker, Colo.), Ellen Hart (55-59, Denver, Colo.), Lorrie Beck (60-64, Williamstown, N.J.), Tim Cohee (60-64, Lakeshore, Calif.), Sibyl Jacobson (70-74, New York, New York) and AnnMarie Demonte (75-79, Bloomfield, Conn.), while bronze medals were won by Matthew Murray (18-19, Pearland, Texas), Cecilia Davis-Hayes (25-29, New York, N.Y.), Todd Buckingham (25-29, East Lansing, Mich.), Laura McDonald (30-34, Castle Rock, Colo.), Jaime Simmons (35-39, Abingdon, Va.), Kirk Framke (40-44, Denver, Colo.), Sheri Zimmerer Branum (45-49, Milan, Ohio), Thomas Emerick (50-54, San Francisco, Calif.), Allison Sherwood (55-59, San Diego, Calif.), Michael Smith (55-59, Brownsburg, Ind.), Susan Gebhardt (60-64, Timonium, Md.), Jeremiah Fitzgibbon (60-64, Bedford, N.H.), Kathryn Wiberg (65-69, West Boylston, Mass.) and Roger Freeman (70-74, San Diego, Calif.).

Awards ceremony success! I came away with a bronze medal and an awesome trophy. Thanks again to everyone who helped get me here and thanks to you (yes you!) for following along on my journey. #triathletes #triathlete #triathlon #swimbikerun #tri#ITUworldchampionships #WTSCozumel #Cozumel #Mexico #medal #bronzemedal #trophy#TeamUSA #closingceremony #award #awards

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ITU Aquathlon World Championships

The racing kicked off in Cozumel Wednesday with Aquathletes taking to the 2.5-kilometer run, 1-kilometer swim, 2.5-kilometer run course. Ten athletes claimed gold medals, including Jennifer Huffman Jennifer Huffman (40-44, Oceanside, Calif.), Andrew Farrell (45-49, Raleigh, N.C.), Daniel Wirls (55-59, Santa Cruz, Calif.), Susan Griffin-Kaklikian (60-64, Castle Rock, Colo.), Colleen Burns (65-69, McIntosh, N.M.), Sean Kelly (65-69 Mountain View, Calif.), Susan Thompson (70-74, Sugarland, Texas), June Black (75-79, Austin, Texas), Arby Kitzman (75-79, Morro Bay, Calif.) and Amy Dixon (PT5, Greenwich, Conn.).

World champions! Thank you @cfritts for being my eyes! This is our Rio. Only hotter. Wow!#paraaquathlon #itucozumel @usatriathlon @usaparatriathlon @athleta @usaba1 @cafoundation@womenssportsfoundation

Team USA also won three silver medals from Gary Rodefeld (60-64, Richmond, Ind.), Richard Smith (70-74, Richmond, Ind.) and Jody Kelly (75-79, Austin, Texas), while Sharon V Smith (55-59, Austin, Texas), Philip Friedman (60-64, Erie, Pa.), Anne Vivani (65-69, Arlington, Va.), Roger Gartman (65-69, Edmond, Okla.) and Don Nelson (75-79. Tulsa, Okla.) won bronze.

For the U.S. elites, Tommy Zaferes (Santa Cruz, Calif.) claimed the bronze medal, finishing with a time of 29:18. He finished off the podium in fourth the past two seasons. Two-time triathlon Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee claimed the world title while Slovakia’s Richard Varga, a four-time Aquathlon world champion, won the silver.

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XTERRA Pan American Championship

Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) won the inaugural Pan Am Pro Series title after earning the gold medal in the off-road triathlon in Ogden, Utah, at the Snowbasin Resort this weekend. Middaugh outstretched silver-medalist Braden Currie of New Zealand to take the win by 7/100ths of a second for the closest finish in XTERRA’s 21-year history. Middaugh finished the 1-mile swim, 18-mile mountain bike, 6-mile train run in 2:20:23:57. Leon Griffin (Longmont, Colo.) won the bronze.

On the women’s side, Suzie Snyder won the first Pan Am Pro Series title with a win in Utah as well. Snyder finished in 2:51:51 to cap off a year that included five wins and the Pan American Championship alongside the Pro Series title. New Zealand’s Lizzie Orchard came across the line in second, three minutes back of Snyder, and Julie Baker (Sonora, Calif.) claimed the bronze in 2:57:57. For full results, visit