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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: September 25

By Caryn Maconi | Sept. 25, 2017, 3:41 p.m. (ET)

Super League Triathlon Jersey

U.S. elite triathletes raced in an innovative format at Super League Triathlon Jersey on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s racing featured the Triple Mix: three races of the same distance, but run in a different order each time. Athletes races a 300m swim 5.5k bike and 2k run, followed by a 10-minute break, then the same race run as a run, bike swim, 10-minute break, and then a bike, swim run.

Day two was the Eliminator, featuring the same race format as day one but with the field narrowing after each round. Racing began with 25 athletes, and the top 15 after round one made it to round two. The top 10 after round two made it to round three. The overall podiums were determined by a points calculation of the two days of racing combined.

At the conclusion of Sunday’s racing, Katie Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.) was the overall women’s champion with a perfect 50 points. Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) was second with 39 points, and Nicola Spirig of Switzerland was third with 39. Also competing for the U.S. were Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) and Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.)

he men’s standings, Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt came away with the overall win and a perfect 50-point score. Great Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee was second with 39 points, and Richard Murray of South Africa completed the podium with 39 points (the tiebreaker with Brownlee was determined with a preference given to the day two result). Racing for the U.S. in the men’s race was Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.), who finished the two-day event ranked 10th overall.

When you put it all out there in a race sometimes you make mistakes. Wet, rainy conditions made my aggressive turn a little too risky on slick roads 😬 but I got back up and finished the first race to advance on! I was determined to make it all three rounds in the Eliminator. I executed the swims well and put myself in good position going into the final round. I managed to battle hard throughout the day and finished the final round of the Eliminator in 4th! My two day total score added up to place me 4th overall at the finish πŸ€—πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ It was a honor to race and be apart of the ignaugaral women's @superleaguetriathlon! Thank you for putting on such a great and challenging event! πŸ“·: @thatcameraman

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Huelva ITU Triathlon World Cup

Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.) earned his first World Cup podium since 2015, while Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.) collected her second of the season on Sunday at the Huelva ITU Triathlon World Cup. Huelva, a first-time host on the ITU World Cup circuit, offered an Olympic-distance 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run course.

Germany’s Justus Nieschlag won the men’s race in 1 hour, 45 minutes, 46 seconds, followed by McDowell in 1:46:20. Spain’s Uxio Abuin Ares collected the bronze on home soil in 1:46:47. The silver marked the third World Cup medal of McDowell’s career, but his first since 2015. The Illinois native earned a bronze medal in Chengdu, China, in 2015, and a silver in the same race in 2014. Also competing for the U.S. men on Sunday were William Huffman (Colleyville, Texas), who ultimately placed 23rd in 1:48:52, and Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.), who took 39th with a time of 1:51:59.

n the women’s race, the gold medal went to the Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova, who covered the course in 2:01:14. Canada’s Joanna Brown took silver in 2:01:50, and Burns rounded out the podium in 2:02:03. The American women had a strong day overall, as Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.) placed fifth in 2:02:58, Chelsea Sodaro (Poway, Calif.) was seventh in 2:03:10, and Lindsey Jerdonek (Brecksville, Ohio) was eighth in 2:03:21.

Another 7th place for me today at the Huelva World Cup. Grateful to toe the line with a strong group of women. Proud of my effort, but not satisfied. My swim is improving and I had the fastest run of the day (just barely!). Triathlon's are dynamic, with lots of moving parts and split second decisions. With each race I gain more experience, and have the continued realization that I need to be better in the critical moments. I'm leaving Spain hungry for my next race and more in love with this sport than I could have imagined. Thanks to @pstriathlon for being the best in the business and for leading me in the pursuit of excellence. And to @guenergylabs and @usatriathlon - you rock! πŸŠπŸ»β™€οΈπŸš΄πŸΌβ™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ™€οΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ β€’ β€’ β€’ #GuCrew #GuForIt #EatingIsTraining #TheTriathlonSquad #SwimBikeRun

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IRONMAN Chattanooga

Liz Lyles (Reno, Nev.) took the victory in the women’s pro field at IRONMAN Chattanooga on Sunday, outracing her closest competitor by more than 20 minutes. Lyles solidified her lead with a race-fastest 5:04:35 bike split, completing the 2.4 mi swim, 112 mi bike and 26.2 mi run in a total time of 9:05:33. Kim Schwabenbauer (Knox, Pa.) took second in 9:28:46, and Jessie Donavan (Shelburne, Vt.) crossed the line third in 9:31:49.

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IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta

Sarah True (Hanover, N.H.) claimed victory at IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta on Sunday, covering the 1.2 mi swim, 56 mi bike and 13.1 mi run 4:11:23. The overall win is True’s first this season, though she has had strong performances at 70.3s in Mont Tremblant (second), Edinburg (third) and the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga (fourth). Spain’s Gurutze Frades placed second in 4:16:03, and Alissa Doehla (Tryon, N.C.) was third in 4:16:27.

In the men’s race, Jesse Thomas (Bend, Ore.) came away with the win in 3:42:14. Andy Potts (Colorado Springs, Colo.) took second, just over a minute back from Thomas in 3:43:25. Kieran Roche of Austria rounded out the top-three in 3:45:48.

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IRONMAN 70.3 Cozumel

Matt Chrabot (Boulder, Colo.) took second in the men’s pro race at IRONMAN 70.3 Cozumel on Sunday. Chrabot covered the 1.2 mi swim, 56 mi bike and 13.1 mi run in 3:51:44, just over a minute behind race winner Terenzo Bozzone of New Zealand (3:50:36). Mexico’s Mauricio Mendez Cruz completed the top-three in 3:52:48.

Stephanie Roy of Canada was the women’s champion in 4:18:47, followed by Great Britain’s Leanda Cave in 4:21:45 and Germany’s Svenja Thoes in 4:25:00. Christen Brown (Longmont, Colo.) was the top American finisher in fourth, crossing the line in 4:33:57. Sarah Cameto (Walnut Creek, Calif.) and Heather Leiggi (Milton, Del.) also recorded top-10 finishes.

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Chelsea Burns

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Lindsey Jerdonek

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Renée Tomlin

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