USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook November 28

By Caryn Maconi | Nov. 28, 2017, 2:34 p.m. (ET)


Lisa Roberts (Tucson, Ariz.) claimed the women’s pro victory at IRONMAN Cozumel in Mexico on Sunday, crossing the line more than four minutes ahead of her closest competitor. Roberts covered the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run in 8 hours, 54 minutes. Kirsty Jahn of Canada was the runner-up in 8:58:27, and Germany’s Sonja Tajsich took third in 9:00:53. Four other American women earned top-10 finishes: Jessie Donavan (Shelburn, Vt., 6th), Ashley Paulson (Pleasant Grove, Utah, 8th), Nicole Valentine (Boulder, Colo., 9th) and Christine Hammond (Boulder, Colo., 10th).

In the men’s race, Germany’s Sebastian Kienle took the win with a course-record time of 7:48:11. Austria’s Michael Weiss was second in 7:53:27, and Spain’s Ivan Rana rounded out the top-three in 7:58:39. Justin Daerr (Boulder, Colo.) was the leading U.S. male, finishing 8th in 8:19:28.

For complete results from IRONMAN Cozumel, visit

IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney Asia-Pacific Championship

Four American women finished in the top-10 at the IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship in Western Sydney, New South Wales, on Sunday, led by Haley Chura (Bozeman, Mont.) in fourth. Chura covered the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 4:16:07. Australia’s Melissa Hauschildt took the win in 4:07:06, followed by her compatriot Felicity Sheedy-Ryan in 4:08:31 and New Zealand’s Amelia Watkinson in 4:12:53. Top-10 finishers for the U.S. also included Lauren Brandon (Dallas, Texas) in seventh, Christine Cross (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii) in eighth and Christen Brown (Longmont, Colo.) in ninth.

Australians also took the top two spots in the men’s race, with Dan Wilson claiming the win in 3:42:12 and Tim Reed taking second in 3:43:34. Braden Currie of New Zealand was third, just three seconds behind Reed in 3:43:37. There were no U.S. men on the start list.

I am definitely happy with todayโ€™s race. As of noon on Tuesday, I still wasnโ€™t sure if I was going to get on my 8:00 flight to Australia because I was just so exhausted. But, thanks to the hubby, he told me to get on the flight and just go, relax, and have fun. I was first out of the water and was a bit tired at the beginning of the bike. The legs started to come around and I felt really strong during the second half of the bike. I was first onto the run and at least was running a lot faster than I have been. Even though I feel off a bit at the end, I am so happy that I ran the whole thing and didnโ€™t have any stomach issues. I had a lot of fun this weekend getting to know some of the other ladies better and loved that there was such a great race today! Congrats ladies! Iโ€™m so glad that I came here and am leaving 2017 on a high note. I have some big goals for 2018 and that starts with giving this body and mind a rest! ๐Ÿ“ท @witsupcom

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What a weekend at Asia-Pacific Championships!๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ‰Coming away with 9th in my first, major international race is huge! Super happy with the results.๐Ÿ˜œ But seriously. This race was STAAACKED and I got to push my limits next to the best in the sport. Not everything came together like I had hoped, on the bike, but happy to see all the work I've put into running made for a pretty decent run.๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Final race of the season is Taupo 70.3 New Zealand in two weeks, and every race = more experience in the bank.๐Ÿ’ธ . Special thanks to @goldcoasttriathlete bike shop for going above and beyond to fix my etap shifting, and @sram_australia for overnighting the parts needed daaaayys before the race. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป Truly thankful. Happy Monday everyone! #MotivationMonday #HappyDownUnder #FuelandSlay #endureandenjoy365

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For complete results from the IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship, visit

IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand

Robin Pomeroy (Folsom, Calif.) led the American effort at IRONMAN 70.3 Thailandon Sunday, finishing fifth in the women’s pro race. The Czech Republic’s Imogen Simmonds was the champion, covering the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 4:16:49. Ireland’s Eimar Mullan took second in 4:21:38, and Australia’s Dimity-Lee Duke was third in 4:22:54. Parys Edwards of Great Britain crossed the line fifth in 4:28:52, and Pomeroy completed the top-five in 4:30:03.

In the men’s race, Germany’s Markus Rolli claimed the win in 3:49:02. Second place went to Tim Van Berkel of Australia in 3:52:49, and Brazil’s Fernando Toldi was third in 3:56:47. Benjamin Williams (Honolulu, Hawaii) was the only U.S. finisher, taking 12th overall in 4:14:08.

For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand, visit

Ultraman World Championships

Four U.S. athletes reached the overall podium at the Ultraman World Championships over the weekend, a three-day event on the Big Island of Hawaii that covers a total distance of a 6,2-mile swim, 261.4-mile cross-country bike ride and 52.4-mile double-marathon run. The first day of racing featured the 6.2-mile swim and 90 miles on the bike; day two featured the remaining 171.4 miles of the bike course; and day three featured the full 52.4-mile run.

In the men’s race, Rob Gray (Boulder, Colo.) claimed the win with a total time of 22:19:48. Jeremy Howard (Fredericksburg, Va.) was a close send in 22:25:16, and Arnaud Selukov of France was third in 23:17:51. The women’s champion was Steffi Steinberg of Germany, crossing the line in a total time of 26:02:27. Amy Craft (Houston, Texas) claimed the runner-up spot in 30:37:09, and Fiona Siemelink (Houston, Texas) followed in third in 30:45:15.

For complete results from the Ultraman World Championships, visit