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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: November 20

By Caryn Maconi | Nov. 20, 2017, 12:58 p.m. (ET)

The Island House Triathlon

Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.) was victorious in the men’s race at the Island House Triathlon in Highbourne Cay, Bahamas, over the weekend, while Katie Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.) took second in the women’s race. The Island House Tri is a unique format, with three stages taking place over two days. Friday’s racing features a super sprint individual time trial (7-kilometer bike, 2-kilometer run, 200-meter swim) followed by a sprint enduro (2k run, 375m swim, 10k bike, 2k run, 375m swim, 10k bike, 1k run). The third and final stage on Saturday was a sprint pursuit, featuring a 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run.

Kanute covered the three stages in a total time of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 53.1 seconds, edging New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone by just 0.4 seconds to take the win. South Africa’s Henri Schoeman was third in 2:06:20.2. Other U.S. finishers included Cam Dye (Boulder, Colo., 6th), Rudy Von Berg (Boulder, Colo., 10th), Eric Lagerstrom (Portland, Ore., 12th) and Ben Hoffman (Boulder, Colo., 14th).

In the women’s race, Flora Duffy of Bermuda claimed the win with a time of 2:17:39. Zaferes was just over a minute back from Duffy to take second in 2:18:53, and Holly Lawrence of Wales rounded out the top-three in 2:20:55. Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) was just 17 seconds off the podium, taking fourth in 2:21:12. Also racing for the U.S. were Sarah True (Hanover, N.H., 7th), Alicia Kaye (Clermont, Fla., 10th), and Lauren Goss (Boulder, Colo., 15th).

It’s really difficult to describe how special this race is. It’s hosted on a beautiful private island, with a unique tough race format and a great prize purse. However it’s the people who pour their hearts, souls and time into making this event possible that make it stand out to me. The fact that the people working on the island are so welcoming and friendly and take such good care of us while we are here! It’s being able to be in a race situation while also having a good time with my competitors. Racing hard against one another in the race but filling every moment outside the competition enjoying one another’s company and camaraderie from before the start to as soon as the line is crossed. So really I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who makes @islandhousetri possible, because it is such an amazing experience where great times are had while making memories that will last! #paininparadise 📸: @tzaferes

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For complete results from The Island House Triathlon, visit


Five U.S. women and three U.S. men earned top-10 finishes in the professional field at IRONMAN Arizona in Tempe on Sunday. Sarah Piampiano (San Francisco, Calif.) led the American effort in fifth, covering the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run in 9:09:10. Also placing in the top-10 were Katy Evans (Lakewood, Colo., 6th), Kelly Williamson (Austin, Texas, 7th), Natasha Van Der Merwe (Austin, Texas, 9th) and Erin Green (Boise, Idaho, 10th). The top three overall were Kaisa Sali of Finland (8:51:54), Helle Frederiksen of Denmark (8:55:35) and Jen Annett of Canada (8:59:27).

In the men’s pro race, Jonathan Shearon (Tucson, Ariz.) was the top American in sixth with a time of 8:26:19. Also placing in the top-10 were Jesse Vondracek (Ticson, Ariz., 7th) and Jim Lubinski (Los Angeles, Calif., 10th). Canada’s Lionel Sanders took the win in 7:54:10, followed by Brent McMahon of Canada (8:07:40) and Jeremy Jurkiewicz of France (8:15:22).

Several amateur athletes also earned top-10 overall times, outracing several athletes in the professional fields. Representing the men’s 30-34 age group, Clay Emge (Tyler, Texas) earned a ninth-place finish for all men, including pros, in 8:43:55. On the women’s side, Jessica Jones (Baton Rouge, La., F30-34) was 10th overall in 9:42:56; Emily Lanter (Clayton, Mo., F35-59) was 11th in 9:45:20; Christine Hoffman (Tucson, Ariz., F30-34) was 12th in 9:45:48; and Jacqui Giuliano (Oakwood Hills, Ill., F30-34) was 13th in 9:46:40.

5th today at @ironmantri #IMAZ. Not my best or my worst but definitely one of the most painful Ironman races I have ever done - that run chewed me up and spit me out! Huge huge huge congrats to @kaisa.sali on the win, @helletri on an amazing debut Ironman (you were SO great!) and @annett_jen on a stunning bike ride and new bike course record! Thanks for inspiring me to work harder ladies! Massive thank you too to my incredible Fiancé (🤗🤗🤗) and @grandpachamp for their support all day and to my absolutely amazing sponsors: @saucony @clifbar @cervelocycles @rideshimano @zone3us @sosrehydrate @haloneuroscience @cercacor @rudyprojectna @bearmattress @cycleops @velofix @theolympicclub @velofixbayarea @polarusa @polarglobal @bohemewines @purplepatchfitness Now - time to do some serious recovery - I have @ironmantri #IMArgentina in 2 weeks! Thank you @must.always.look.up for the 📷😘😘👍👍 . . . . #ironman #racing #triathlon #140point6 #cervelo #p5 #simplyfaster #rudyprojectna #shimano #clifbar #feedyouradventure #ineedsos #racezone3

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For complete results from IRONMAN Arizona, visit

Laguna Phuket Triathlon

Robin Pomeroy (Madison, Wis.) led all U.S. athletes with a fifth-place finish at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon in Thalang, Thailand, on Sunday. Pomeroy covered the 1.8k swim, 50k bike and 12k run in 2:52:51. The victory went to New Zealand’s Amelia Rose Watkinson in 2:35:01, followed by Great Britain’s Imogen Simmonds in 2:41:47, the Netherlands’ Yvonne Van Vlerken in 2:45:24, and Australia’s Kate Bevilaqua in 2:52:08.

In the men’s race, the top five were Germany’s Michael Raelert in 2:19:32, France’s Antony Costes in 2:20:29, Australia’s Mitchell Robins in 2:23:06, Italy’s Alberto Casadei in 2:23:58, and Brazil’s Fernando Toldi in 2:26:43.

Two-time ITU world champion and 1995 IRONMAN world champion Karen Smyers (Lincoln, Mass.) raced in the amateur field, winning the women’s 55-59 age group with a time of 3:21:25. Smyers was the 16th overall female, including pros.

For complete results from the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, visit

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