USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: April 4

By Caryn Maconi | April 04, 2017, 10:30 a.m. (ET)

New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup

U.S. triathletes raced at the New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup on Sunday, battling rainy and cold conditions over the sprint-distance course. U.S. Olympian Katie Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.), who was also the 2014 race champion, took the victory in a finishing time of 59 minutes, 28 seconds.

  

In the men's race, Matt McElroy (Huntington Beach, Calif.) placed second for his third career World Cup podium. With a time of 54:43, McElroy was just six seconds back from three-peat winner Richard Murray of South Africa. It was a great showing for Team USA as a whole, with five U.S. women and two U.S. men in the top-10.

  

While in New Zealand, U.S. athletes visited local elementary schools to share their experiences with the students, answer questions and sign autographs.

For full results from New Plymouth, visit triathlon.org.

Ironman African Championship

Ben Hoffman defended his title at the Ironman African Championship in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on Sunday. Hoffman recorded the fastest run split on the day, running a 2 hour, 42-minute, 52-second marathon to break the eight-hour barrier and cross the finish line in 7:58:40.

Ironman 70.3 Oceanside

More than 2,600 athletes representing 27 countries and 45 states competed in California on Saturday at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside. American Chris Leiferman took second in the men’s pro race with a time of 3 hours, 53 minutes, 15 seconds, just over three minutes back from winner Lionel Sanders of Canada. In the pro women’s field, Heather Jackson finished 30 seconds off the podium in fourth, crossing the line in 4:25:52.

Felt the best the whole race during the πŸƒπŸΌπŸƒπŸΌπŸƒπŸΌ. I think it was the crowd support and cheers- thank you all again!!! #im703oceanside #running #triathlon • • • #herbalife24 #cannondale #wattieink #knightcomposites #masimo #pioneer #hokaoneone #blueseventy #marcpro #rudyproject #ismseat #ceramicspeed #shimano #speedfil #zealios #reboundphysicaltherapy 

For full results, visit ironman.com

Ironman 70.3 Liuzhou

U.S. athletes recorded podium finishes in both the men’s and women’s pro races at Ironman 70.3 Liuzhou in China on Saturday. Jesse Thomas (3:40:59) finished second and Patrick Evoe (3:46:37) took third for men, while Haley Chura (4:10:58) placed third in the women’s field.

Ironman 70.3 Texas

Tim O’Donnell (3:46:19) and Rodolphe Von Berg (3:49:01) recorded second and third-place finishes, respectively, at Ironman 70.3 Texas in Galveston, Texas, on Sunday. O’Donnell finished less than a minute behind Mauricio Mendez Cruz of Mexico, who took the win in 3:45:35. Birthday girl Lauren Brandon recorded the fastest swim split in the women’s field (25:31) en route to a third-place finish in 4:20:28.

Happy to get a podium on my bday! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ Trying to find 70.3 race pace was a bit painful, but excited to get the 2017 party started. Up next is double the fun with Ironman Texas in 3 weeks! 

For full results, visit ironman.com.