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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: September 26

By Elizabeth Grimsley | Sept. 26, 2016, 10:28 a.m. (ET)

Salinas ITU Triathlon World Cup

Despite the World Triathlon Series having concluded at the Grand Final last week, many elite triathletes continued to race in Ecuador Sunday for the Salinas ITU Triathlon World Cup. Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) took the gold in 59:16, followed closely by Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) just seven seconds back. South Africa’s Gillian Sanders won the bronze. On the men’s side, Matthew McElroy (Huntington Beach, Calif.) earned his first World Cup podium with a close second-place finish in Salinas. He finished with a time of 53:34, a single second back of winner David Castro Fajardo of Spain. Mexico’s Crisanto Grajales rounded out the podium in third, one second back of McElroy. For more on the races, including full results, visit usatriathlon.org.

ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships

Team USA won 12 titles and 31 total medals at the Long Distance World Championships in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, this weekend. The 12 gold medalists were Victoria Kline (25-29, Miami, Okla.), Zachary Miller (25-29, The Woodlands, Texas), Claudia Smith (30-34, Kingwood, Texas), Ken-ichi Hino (30-34, Washington, D.C.), Kirsten Sass (35-39, McKenzie, Tenn.), Kevin Nickel (35-39, Newton, Kan.), Sarah Bell (40-44, Oklahoma City, Okla.), Tim Hola (40-44, Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Ellen Hart (55-59, Denver, Colo.), Lee Walther (55-59, Oklahoma City, Okla.), Lin Sanders (60-64, The Colony, Texas) and Michael Orendorff (65-69, Pueblo, Colo.).

ITU Long Course World's OKC - done. Very fun to have my coach@steelcitycoach here in person cheering me on!!!!! #FindFaster #UCAN #beswift #freshfreestyle @gfcycles #thatwasacrazyrace

Of the 18 remaining age-group medalists, eight of them were silvers won by Reid Foster (30-34, Oklahoma City, Okla.), Gina Hendrickson (40-44, Edmond, Okla.), Ewoud Helsewe (40-44, Edmond, Okla.), Thomas Woods (45-49, Lincoln, Neb.), Shawn Bonsell (50-54, Dallas, Texas), Norman Kim (55-59, Westford, Mass.), Sheri Schrock (60-64, Cohasset, Minn.) and Larry Krutka (65-69, Tulsa, Okla.).

Finally, the 10 bronze medalists were Katie Horan (25-29, Redding, Conn.), Karla Gregg (40-44, Wichita, Kan.), Kirk Framke (40-44, Denver, Colo.), Sue Aquila (45-49, Bloomington, Ind.), Doug Guertin (50-54, Monson, Mass.), Annelies Farmer (55-59, Chico, Calif.), Peter Moir (55-59, Dallas, Texas), Karen Weatherby (60-64, Broomfield, Colo.), Patrick Stephens (60-64, Longview, Texas) and Robert Rossbach (65-69, Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.). Overall, more than 300 amateur triathletes from the U.S. raced.

I am proud, honored & thankful to be racing this Saturday with Team USA at the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship. It's going to be a challenging race but I'm ready to do my best and represent our country the best I can! #triathlon #okcwc16 #readytotri #pichampion

A handful of these athletes raced after competing at the Sprint and Standard Triathlon World Championships in Cozumel, Mexico, last weekend, including Sass, Framke and Hart. Each won medals in all three events.

As for the elites, Matt Chrabot (Virginia Beach, Va.) won the bronze medal for the men with a time of 6:06:13. France’s Sylvian Sudrie won the gold, about seven minutes ahead of Chrabot, and fellow countryman Cyril Viennot was the runner up at 6:02:11. On the women’s side, Emily Cocks (Napa, Calif.) was the top American, finishing her race in fifth with a time of 6:59:43.

For more on the races, quotes and full results, visit usatriathlon.org.

IRONMAN Chattanooga

American Matt Russell (Sarasota, Fla.) finished on the podium at the IRONMAN event in Tennessee this weekend. Russell’s time of 8:24:53 was good enough for third while Belgium’s Marino Vanhoenacker (8:12:22) and Canada’s Jeff Symonds (8:19:27) finished first and second, respectively.

Four other American men finished in the top 10 as well, including Matt Hansen at No. 4, Justin Daerr at No. 5, Eric Limkemann at No. 8 and Chad Holderbaum at No. 9. For full results, visit ironman.com.

IRONMAN Mallorca

Jocelyn McCauley was victorious in Alcúdia, Mallorca, Spain, this weekend. The Cincinnati native won the IRONMAN in 9:11:55 to outlast Denmark’s Maja Stage Nielsen (9:23:40) and The Netherlands’ Tineke van den Berg (9:24:27) who claimed second and third, respectively.

So incredibly proud of our friend and BE sponsored triathlete@jocelynmccauley!!!! Winner of Ironman Mallorca. She is a great athlete, greater person, and has a great family and team supporting her

For full results, visit ironman.com.

IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta

Six women from the U.S. claimed spots in the top 10 at the half-IRONMAN in Augusta, Georgia, this weekend. Ruth Brennan Morrey (Rochester, Minn.) was the top American finisher, coming across the line with a time of 4:23:08, which was good enough for fourth. Denmark’s Helle Frederiksen was victorious, followed by Canada’s Malindi Elmore in second and South Africa’s Jeanni Seymour in third.

Haley Chura (Atlanta, Ga.) was not far behind, finishing 38 seconds behind Brennan Morrey for fifth. Alycia Hill (Salt Lake City, Utah), Laurel Wassner (New York, N.Y.), Kelly Fillnow (Charlotte, N.C.) and Brittany Pierce (Clearwater, Fla.) claimed placed seven to 10, respectively.

For full results, visit ironman.com.

IRONMAN 70.3 Lanzarote

Kelsey Withrow (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) was the top American female at the half IRONMAN event in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain, this weekend with her sixth-place finish. She came across the line in 5:01:46, nearly 14 minutes back of gold medalist Lisa Hütthaler of Austria (4:47:06).

Holy tough race at the Club La Santa Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote! This was the windiest race I've ever been in but hung in for 6th and in the money. I came first out of the water, held top 4 on the bike and lost a few spots on the run πŸ˜‚. This was my first top 10 in an Ironman sanctioned race.

For full results, visit ironman.com.