USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: September 11

By Caryn Maconi | Sept. 11, 2017, 11:16 p.m. (ET)

IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships

U.S. Olympian Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.) earned a silver medal at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship on Sunday in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Kanute finished the 1.2-mile swim a few strokes ahead of Spain’s Javier Gomez Noya, and went on to record a blistering 2:08:10 split for the 56-mile bike.

Kanute had a few minutes’ lead on Gomez heading onto the run, but Gomez laid down a race-leading 1:10:29 half marathon to catch Kanute and earn the victory. Gomez broke the tape in 3:49:44, with Kanute less than a minute and a half behind in 3:51:06. Rounding out the top-three was Great Britain’s Tim Don in 3:51:59. Click here for complete men’s results from the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.

In the women’s pro race, two-time U.S. Olympian Sarah True (Hanover, N.H.) placed fourth overall. Race winner Daniela Ryf of Switzerland was about a minute back from the leaders after the swim, but quickly overtook her competition on the bike and never looked back. Ryf crossed the line in 4:11:59, becoming the first woman in history to win the 70.3 World Championship three times.

Great Britain’s Emma Pallant took second in 4:18:36, and Germany’s Laura Phillip was third in 4:19:40. True, who is newly focused on non-draft racing this season after a storied ITU career, finished an impressive fourth in 4:21:40. Click here for complete women’s results from the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.

IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Cruz

Liz Lyles (Reno, Nev.) raced to victory in the women’s elite field at IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Cruz on Sunday, covering the 750-yard swim (shortened due to fog), 56 mi bike and 13.1 mi run in 4:08:24. Linsey Corbin (Bend, Ore.) took the runner-up spot in 4:09:39, and Kelsey Withrow (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) was third in 4:11:28.

2nd place for me yesterday at @ironmantri #IM703SantaCruz // Honestly? Pretty happy with this - coming off Ironman Canada, taking a small break, and a small block of training leading into the race. I gave it my all out there with a shortened (all-out) swim, solid numbers on the bike + fastest bike split and a solid run. // I woke up today fired up & motivated for this last block of training leading into the Ironman World Champs - wahoo! // thanks for all the cheers // congrats to the champ - @lizlylestri & other pro women for pushing me all day // shout out to @biffsterjackson & Big J for hosting us // πŸ‘ŠπŸ» to my sponsors for backing me with all the gear and support I could need to get the job done. // ❀️ to my number one: @corbinbrands //

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The men’s elite race came down to a sprint finish between Braden Currie of New Zealand and Ben Hoffman of Boulder, Colo. Currie ultimately took the win in 3:33:57, edging Hoffman by just one second. Tim O’Donnell (Boulder, Colo.) rounded out the top-three in 3:35:31.

For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Cruz, visit IRONMAN.com.

Major League Triathlon Cleveland

The 2017 Major League Triathlon series concluded on Saturday in Cleveland, as hometown team the Cleveland Rock ‘N Roll brought home the win and the overall season title. Athletes competed in a super-sprint mixed team relay format, with each athlete covering a 300m swim, 5k bike and 1.6k run before handing off to the next teammate.

The Rock ‘N Roll, represented by AJ Baucco (Cleveland, Ohio), Sarah Alexander (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.) and Lindsey Jerdonek (Brecksville, Ohio), went undefeated in all four races on the season.

The Colorado Peaks, represented by John O’Neill (Vail, Colo.), Brittany Warly (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Alex Libin (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Dominika Jamnicky (Canada), who was subbing for Paula Findlay (Canada), took second on the day and in the season rankings.

The Sarasota Sun, represented by Kaitlin Donner (Clermont, Fla.), Rudy Von Berg (Boulder, Colo.), Jillian Petersen (Gig Harbor, Wash.) and Michael Arishita (Boerne, Texas), took third in Cleveland and in the overall season rankings.

For more information about Major League Triathlon and to view complete team standings, visit majorleaguetri.com.

Nation’s Triathlon

Sarah Haskins (Clermont, Fla.) and Jason West (Boulder, Colo.) earned victories at the Nation’s Triathlon in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. Haskins completed the 1,500m swim, 40k bike and 10k run in 2:03:35, with Erin Storie (Colorado Springs, Colo.) following less than a minute later in 2:04:13. Canada’s Kristen Marchant was third in 2:05:25.

West broke the tape for the men in 1:50:33. Brian Duffy (West Chester, Pa.) was the runner-up in 1:51:58, and Garrick Loewen of Canada took third in 1:54:46.

For complete results from the Nation’s Triathlon, visit nationstri.com.

Beijing International Triathlon

Lauren Goss placed second at the Beijing International Triathlon on Saturday, covering the 1,500m swim, 40k bike and 10k run in 2:14:38. Canada’s Paula Findlay took the victory in 2:11:33, and China’s Mengying Zhong completed the podium in 2:17:08.

Eric Lagerstrom (Portland, Ore.) cracked the podium in the men’s race, taking bronze with a time of 1:55:40. Henri Schoeman of South Africa took the win in 1:54:14, and Australia’s Ryan Fisher took second in 1:54:39.

Click here for complete results from the Beijing International Triathlon.