USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: May 8
Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup
The ITU Triathlon World Cup season made a stop in Chengdu, China, on Sunday, and Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) came away with a bronze medal while fellow American Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.), placed fifth. The race was the first World Cup of the season to feature a semifinal format, with sprint-distance qualifying heats on Saturday and super-sprint finals on Sunday.
Great Britain’s Non Stanford came away with the win in the women’s A final, breaking the tape in 29 minutes, 36 seconds. Laura Lindemann of Germany placed second in 29:40, while Kasper outsprinted Belgium’s Claire Michel to capture the third podium spot in 29:42. Michel was close on Kasper’s heels in 29:43, and Burns closed out the top-five in 29:48.triathlon.org.
Richmond CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup
It was a U.S. podium sweep in the women’s elite race at the CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup in Richmond, Virginia, on Sunday, as Erika Ackerlund (Missoula, Mont.), Erin Dolan (Lincoln, Neb.) and Chelsea Sodaro (Poway, Calif.) took first, second and third respectively. In the men’s elite race, Jason West (Quakertown, Pa.) came away with the win, sharing the podium with Canadians Alexis Lepage and Taylor Forbes.
Happy with a podium at my first pro triathlon. Third today at the Richmond, Va CAMTRI Cup. Huge thank you to @pstriathlon and #TheTriathlonSquad for making me into a better athlete each and every day. And I certainly couldn't pursue this crazy dream without the support of @guenergylabs and @addaday - thanks for being on my team! Onward! 🏊🏻♀️🚴🏼♀️🏃🏼♀️ • • • #GUFORIT #GuCrew #EatingIsTraining #TeamAddaday #ProcoveryPro #TheTriathlonSquad #SwimBikeRun #Triathlon
For full results from the Richmond CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup, visit triathlon.org.
IRONMAN 70.3 North American Pro Championship St. George
The United States’ top long-course triathletes competed at the IRONMAN 70.3 North American Pro Championship in St. George, Utah, on Saturday. The top American in the women’s field was Lesley Smith (Boulder, Colo.), who placed fifth in 4 hours, 27 minutes, 44 seconds. The U.S. was represented well in the top-10, with Jackie Hering (Mazomanie, Wis.), Lisa Roberts (Tucson, Ariz.), Cecilia Davis-Hayes (New York, N.Y.) and Skye Moench (Holladay, Utah) taking sixth through ninth place respectively.
In the men’s pro championship, 2016 Olympian Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.) led all Americans with a fifth-place finish in 3:50:29. Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) placed 11th in 3:58:47, followed closely by Ben Hoffman (Boulder, Colo.) and Steve Mantell (Ft. Collins, Colo.) in 12th and 13th.
For full results from the IRONMAN 70.3 North American Pro Championship, visit IRONMAN.com.
IRONMAN 70.3 Vietnam
Brad Williams (Fort Worth, Tex.) and Iain Alexandridis (Princeton, N.J.) were the sole Americans in the professional field at IRONMAN 70.3 Vietnam in the coastal city of Danang, Vietnam, on Sunday. Williams finished fifth in 4:10:13, while Alexandridis placed ninth in 4:27:43.IRONMAN.com.