USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: August 28

By Caryn Maconi | Aug. 28, 2017, 4:07 p.m. (ET)

ITU World Triathlon Stockholm

Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) recorded her seventh consecutive top-10 World Triathlon Series finish at ITU World Triathlon Stockholm on Saturday, the final stop on the WTS circuit before September’s Grand Final in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The Olympic-distance course began with a 1,500-meter swim in the Riddarfjärden, followed by a 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run through the Old Town, and concluding with a dramatic finish line next to the Royal Palace.

Bermuda’s Flora Duffy took the win in 2 hours, 9 seconds, joining Gwen Jorgensen as the only two women in ITU history to win five WTS races in a single season. Great Britain’s Jessica Learmouth took second in 2:01:30, and Australia’s Ashleigh Gentle was third in 2:01:42.

Kasper recorded a 2:03:29 finishing time, good enough for eighth place, and Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.), crossed 11th in 2:04:17. Katie Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.), crashed her bike around a tight turn and ultimately pulled out of the race, but was back on her bike the following day.

 

Not the ideal race outcome when you smash your face into the pavement. However I'd like to focus on the positives. Up until I crashed halfway through the bike I had done what I have been needing to. Had a great swim, solid transition, pushed the first lap and was riding strong and technically well. Stuff happens and I'm still not clear on what I did to make myself crash. I got back up to continue riding but decided through transition to stop and not finish the race. I feel very fortunate that I didn't break any bones in my face and just got a couple stitches on my chin. So looks like I'll just be giving @tzaferes a lot of cheek for a bit πŸ˜‚Onward to Rotterdam! Also super stoked to watch my fellow breakaway buddies @floraduffy and @jllearmonth go 1-2 and @gentle_ash overcome her pre-race stressors to get 3rd!! πŸ“Έ:@tzaferes

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For complete results from ITU World Triathlon Stockholm, visit triathlon.org.

Penticton ITU Multisport World Championships Festival

The Penticton 2017 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival wrapped up on Sunday with the Elite and Age-Group Long-Distance Triathlon and the Age-Group and Para Aquabike events. The Long-Distance Triathlon course featured a 3k swim, 120k bike and 30k run, while the Aquabike course featured a 3k swim followed by a 120k bike.

The U.S. had two men in the top-10 in the elite ITU Long-Distance Triathlon World Championships, as Andy Potts (Colorado Springs, Colo.) took fourth overall and Drew Scott (Boulder, Colo.) placed sixth. Ten age-group athletes earned long-distance triathlon world titles, while nine collected gold medals in the aquabike. In total, Team USA concludes Penticton 2017 with 149 medals: 61 gold, 49 silver and 39 bronze.

 

For complete results from the Penticton 2017 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival, visit penticton2017.com.

Major League Triathlon Vail Valley

Major League Triathlon, the United States’ only professional super-sprint relay league, made a stop in Avon, Colorado, on Saturday. The Cleveland Rock ‘n’ Roll, represented by Lindsey Jerdonek (Brecksville, Ohio), Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.), Sarah Alexander (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and AJ Baucco (Tucson, Ariz.) came away with the win, remaining undefeated on the season.

The Colorado Peaks, represented by Brittany Warly (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Alex Libin (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Paula Findlay (CAN) and John O’Neill (Vail, Colo.) took second in their home race. Third place went to the Indy Cats, represented by Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.), Megan Foley (Salt Lake City, Utah), Robbie Deckard (Boulder, Colo.) and Alissa Doehla (Tryon, N.C.).

 

The faces I make when the altitude kicks in πŸ˜¬πŸ“Έ @talbotcox @majorleaguetri #Colorado

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For more information about Major League Triathlon, visit majorleaguetri.com.

IRONMAN 70.3 Qujing

Sarah Piampiano (San Rafael, Calif.) and Kelsey Withrow (Walnut Creek, Calif.) went 1-2 in the women’s pro race at IRONMAN 70.3 Qujing in China on Sunday. Piampiano covered the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 4:18:15, followed by Withrow in 4:30:58. Australia’s Kate Bevilacqua rounded out the podium in third with a time of 4:43:29.

In the men’s pro race, Justin Metzler (Boulder, Colo.) was the highest-placing American in sixth with a time of 4:02:56. Italy’s Domenico Passuello took the win in 3:54:03; Dougal Allen of New Zealand was second in 3:55:42; and Daniil Sapunov of Ukraine was third in 3:59:13.

 

Packing up and heading back to the USA πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ. This is hands down one of the coolest places in China I've ever been. From the race experience to the post-race adventures - it was a great week (swipe πŸ‘ˆ for more pics of race day, the course and our tourist adventures!) Thank you to @ironmantri , the city of #Qujing as well as my amazing group of Cali friends, family and training buds who came out and made this race such an incredibly positive and fun experience! #littleredracing #dontdreamitbeit #believe #im703qujing #seetheworld #ironman #wandasports #liveyourlife #theolympicclub #podium #yunnan #cervelo #shimano #clifbar #gopro #saucony #feedyouradventure #fitness #rudyproject #cercacor #halo #zone3 #ineedsos

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For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Qujing, visit IRONMAN.com.

IRONMAN 70.3 Vichy

Jocelyn McCauley (Cincinnati, Ohio) broke the tape to earn the women’s pro victory at IRONMAN 70.3 Vichy in Auvergne, France, on Saturday. McCauley covered the 1.2 mi swim, 56 mi bike and 13.1 mi run in 4:18:21. Celine Schaerer of Czechoslovakia was exactly two minutes back from McCauley in 4:20:21, and Maria Czesnik of Poland rounded out the top-three in 4:21:39.

For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Vichy, visit IRONMAN.com.

IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene

More than 1,000 amateur triathletes toed the line at IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene in Idaho on Sunday, the final full-distance race at the iconic venue. Athletes covered a 2.4 mi swim, 112 mi bike and 26.2 mi run. Francisco Maya (Beaverton, Ore.) was the overall men’s champion in 10:03:51, and Olesya Prystayko of Ukraine was the first woman across the line in 10:47:58.

While the full-distance 140.6 will not be returning to Couer d’Alene, the city will continue to host its popular IRONMAN 70.3 race, with the 2018 edition set for June 24.

For complete results from IRONMAN Couer d’Alene, visit IRONMAN.com.