USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: May 15

By Caryn Maconi | May 15, 2017, 1:19 p.m. (ET)

ITU World Triathlon Yokohama

Katie Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.) won a silver medal at ITU World Triathlon Yokohama on Saturday to take over the World Triathlon Series lead, while Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) earned her first career WTS podium with a bronze. It was a day of heavy rain in Yokohama, as athletes battled slick conditions and a technical bike course. Flora Duffy of Bermuda was the dominant winner in the women’s race, finishing the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run in 1 hour, 56 minutes, 18 seconds. Zaferes crossed the line 1:51 back from Duffy in 1:58:09, and Kasper followed in 1:58:17.


Matt McElroy (Huntington Beach, Calif.) was the leading American in the men’s elite race, placing 20th in 1:50:33. McElroy, who was in the chase pack on the bike, recorded the fifth-fastest run of the day in 31:10 to move his way into the top-20. Eric Lagerstrom (Portland, Ore.) was 27th in 1:51:21, while 2016 Olympian Greg Billington (Spokane, Wash.) took 35th in 1:52:50.

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ITU World Paratriathlon Yokohama

U.S. paratriathletes also had a strong showing in Yokohama, recording six podium performances. The second World Paratriathlon Series stop of the season featured a sprint-distance 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run. 2016 Paralympian Chris Hammer (Salt Lake City, Utah) won gold in the men’s PTS5 class. Mark Barr (Houston, Texas), also a 2016 Paralympian, took silver for the PTS2 men, while Jamie Brown (Carlsbad, Calif.) earned his first WPS podium with a win in the men’s PTS4 class. Allysa Seely (Glendale, Ariz.) and Hailey Danz (Chicago, Ill.), who won gold and silver as part of a U.S. podium sweep at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, went 1-2 again in the women’s PTS2 class. In the women’s PTS4 class, 2016 Paralympian Patricia Collins (Alexandria, Va.) took bronze.

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IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa

Sarah Piampiano (San Rafael, Calif.) took second place at IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa on Saturday, finishing in 4 hours, 18 minutes, 12 seconds. She shared the podium with race winner Holly Lawrence of Great Britain (4:13:20) and third-place finisher Kaisa Lehtonen (4:23:57) of Finland. Fellow American Kelsey Winthrow (Walnut Creek, Calif.) also had a strong showing, placing fifth in 4:26:47.

Tim O’Donnell (Boulder, Colo.) notched a podium finish in the men’s pro race, finishing third in 3:54:19 behind Australians Sam Appleton (3:46:47) and Joe Gambles (3:50:32). U.S. athletes Andy Potts (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Alex Libin (Colorado Springs, Colo.) rounded out the top-five in 3:55:09 and 3:56:57, respectively.


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IRONMAN 70.3 Monterrey Pan American Pro Championship

Kevin Collington (Boulder, Colo.) came away with the win in the men’s pro race at the IRONMAN 70.3 Monterrey Pan American Pro Championship in Mexico on Sunday. Collington crossed the line in 3:42:09, just 25 seconds ahead of runner-up Tyler Butterfield of Bermuda (3:42:34). Francisco Serrano of Mexico took the third podium spot in 3:45:05.

In the women’s pro race, Americans Liz Lyles (Reno, Nev.) and Lauren Goss (Boulder, Colo.) went 2-3. South Africa’s Jeanni Seymour won the race in 4:07:51. Lyles followed in 4:12:47, and Goss rounded out the podium in 4:23:08.


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