Weekend Notebook: July 9

By USA Triathlon | July 09, 2018, 9:01 p.m. (ET)

Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup

Chelsea Burns had her best performance of the year so far on Sunday, snagging the bronze medal in the finals of the Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup. Burns (Seattle, Wash.) finished the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course in 59 minutes, 28 seconds, placing her in third behind Great Britain’s Sophie Coldwell (59:02) and Portugal’s Melanie Santos (59:18). Taylor Knibb (Washington D.C.) was the other U.S. finisher, placing seventh with a time of 59:42.

In the men’s race, Seth Rider (Germantown, Tenn.) and Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.) qualified for the final, but bad weather led to the race being canceled halfway through the bike portion.

For complete results from the Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup, go to triathlon.org.

Fyn ITU Multisport World Championships Festival

In an action-packed weekend for triathlon, the Fyn ITU Multisport World Championships Festival kicked off Friday in Denmark. Some of the best athletes from around the globe are chasing world titles across six multisport disciplines. The 10-day event features elite, junior, U23, para and age-group world championships through July 16.

The ITU Standard Duathlon World Championships took place on Friday, followed by the Sprint Duathlon World Championships on Sunday. U.S. age-group athletes collected 22 medals in the two disciplines combined.

Repeat World Champion

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Follow along with the success of our Team USA athletes with our updated Medal Tracker throughout the week.

IRONMAN European Championship Frankfurt

Not a bad debut, Sara True! A two-time Olympian for Team USA, True (Cooperstown, N.Y.) made her full-distance debut in style at the IRONMAN European Championship in Frankfurt, Germany on Sunday. In the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run course, she represented the U.S. on the podium in second place with a time of 9:05:19. Daniela Ryf of Switzerland put together an incredible performance to win the race in 8:38:34, while Australia’s Sarah Crowley took bronze (9:11:31). Sky Moench (Holladay, Utah) was the only other U.S. finisher in the women’s division, crossing the line in 9:42:26 in seventh place.

In the men’s race, two-time German Kona champion and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Jan Froden crossed the tape first in 8:00:58, while Sweden’s Patrik Nilsson (8:08:15) and Germany’s Patrick Lange (8:09:26) rounded out the podium.

For complete results from the IRONMAN European Championship in Frankfurt, go to ironman.com

IRONMAN 70.3 Ecuador

U.S. athletes swept the podium in the elite women’s race at IRONMAN 70.3 Ecuador over the weekend. In the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run course, Lauren Brandon (Fort Worth, Texas) reached the top of the podium with a time of 4:22:52. Laurel Wassner (New York, New York) and Kelsey Withrow (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) also earned medals with times of 4:30:17 and 4:41:14, respectively.

On the men’s side, Brazil’s Igor Amorelli (3:52:30) and Australia’s Tim Rea (3:55:36) and Paul Matthews (4:00:09) took first, second and third. There were no U.S. finishers in the men’s elite race.

My first 70.3 win! Yay! I could not be more happy with today’s race. I had the fastest swim, fastest bike, and ran my best half marathon to finally get to the tape first! Thank you so much @ironmantri for having me here in Manta, Ecuador. It was amazing to see all of the support out there and crowds of people lining the streets cheering. It’s been a rough couple of months with two very disappointing Ironman races, so this is just what I needed! So thankful for my wonderful sponsors and supporters. I’ve made some changes recently and I’ll share with you some exciting news soon! Thanks again for all the 💕 And congrats to these two lovely ladies @athletestyle and @kelsey_withrow on some great races! 📷 @kiamotorsecuador

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For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Ecuador, visit ironman.com.

XTERRA Victoria

Julie Baker came out on top at XTERRA Victoria over the weekend, snagging her second win on the XTERRA World Tour since becoming a pro in 2016. The Sorona, California native earned the top spot on the podium in British Columbia, Canada on Sunday with a time of 2:32:52 on the 1500m swim, 24k bike and 9k run off-road course. Canada’s Melanie McQuaid (2:34:48) took silver in her home country, while Mexico’s Fabiola Corona placed third. Suzie Snyder (Averill Park, N.Y.) just missed out on the podium for the U.S., taking fourth place in 2:37:00.

Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) turned in an impressive silver-medal performance in the elite men’s race, crossing the finish line with a time of 2:06:40, just 37 seconds behind champion Kieran McPherson of New Zealand. Branden Rakita (Colorado Springs, Colo.) gave the U.S. two spots on the podium, taking bronze in a time of 2:12:19.

Some redemption at #xterravictoria after a mechanically disastrous last XTERRA. Able to be strong almost all the way through, executed the plan on the swim to be right in the front group and conserve energy out in the top 3. Took off on the bike and the legs were there able to climb well and get to the singletrack first and let'er rip from there to gain any time possible. Josiah is a beast and steadily reeled me in on the following climb, fought hard and kept him with in sight for the remainder and then caught up right when he missed a turn and took advantage to open a gap back up. He caught me on the climb again but I hung tough and headed out on the run about 15sec down. Kieran was lurking and taking little bits of time back after the swim and he absolutely destoryed the run catching me halfway through the first lap. I held steady through and remainder for 3rd. Congrats to @kieranmcpherson_triathlete on the win (run was smokin fast!) @josiahmiddaugh continuing to show us how slow we are on the bike, and @tribrentmcmahon and @thewillrossak on hard fought races to get on the stage. Little more work and hope to get the ankle back to better form over the next two weeks before #xterrabeavercreek @paulmitchellus @mitchtheman @firstendurance @rudyprojectna @endurobites @srmpower @procyclingwarehouse @effetto_mariposa @durata_training @coloradorunningcompany

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For the full results from XTERRA Victoria, click here.