Weekend Notebook: June 12

By USA Triathlon | June 12, 2018, 5:53 p.m. (ET)

ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Nottingham

The U.S. team of Kirsten Kasper, Eli Hemming, Katie Zaferes and Matt McElroy raced to a gold medal Thursday at the first stop of the inaugural 2018 ITU World Mixed Relay Series in Nottingham, England. McElroy capped off the victory by breaking the tape nearly 30 seconds ahead of his closest competitor. Each USA athlete covered the course (300-meter swim, seven-kilometer bike, 1.5-kilometer run) in a combined time of 1 hour, 21 minutes, 16 seconds. Great Britain took silver with a time of 1:21:45, and France rounded out the podium in 1:21:57.

For complete results from the ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series in Nottingham, go to triathlon.org.

ITU World Triathlon Series Leeds

You could say Katie Zaferes had a pretty good week of racing. A few days removed from helping Team USA win the Mixed Relay in Nottingham, she earned her third consecutive ITU World Triathlon Series medal on Sunday in Leeds, England. The bronze-medal finish (with a time of 1:57:02 in the 1500-meter swim, 38.6-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run race) moved Zaferes into first place in the overall WTS rankings. Vicky Holland (1:56:32) of Great Britain and Georgia Taylor-Brown (1:56:49) placed first and second among the elite women. Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.) also cracked the top 10 for the U.S. with a time of 1:57:50.

There are races that come easy and then there are races like today. Today was a struggle and there were quite a few opportunities where I could have given up. I found myself off the back of our pack riding and wasn’t very helpful to @jllearmonth and @tkspivey, it took me 5 of 7 laps to figure out what I was doing on the bike and then when I got off the bike to run I felt rather horrendous. There were multiple moments of rallying and many times where negative thoughts popped up such as “I’m really not sure I want to do this run”. But I’m proud of how I was able to banish those thoughts and fight through to not only finish on the podium but also take the series lead. I truly do believe it’s these types of races that make one stronger, smarter and build character. So I will for sure learn from my mistakes, work on my weaknesses and be really really happy to finish on the podium not once but twice this week! #WTSLeeds 📸: @tzaferes

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On the men’s side, South Africa’s Richard Murray grabbed his first career Olympic-distance WTS victory with a time of 1:45:52. Mario Mola of Spain (1:46:01) and Vincent Luis of France (1:46:14) took silver and bronze. Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.) led the U.S. group with a 20th-place finish.

For the complete results from ITU World Triathlon Series Leeds, go to triathlon.org.

Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup

Chelsea Sodaro (Poway, Calif.) collected her first ITU World Cup win in Huatulco, Mexico, on Sunday, battling the heat to come out victorious against a strong international field with a time of 1:01:14. New Zealand’s Deborah Lynch (1:01:39) and Brazil’s Beatriz Neres (1:01:41) were close behind in second and third. The race consisted of a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike ride and 5-kilometer swim.

In the elite men’s race, hometown favorite Rodrigo Gonzalez of Mexico snagged his third career ITU World Cup victory in 55:32. Brazil’s Manoel Messias (55:45) and Diogo Sclebin (55:51) took silver and bronze. For the U.S., William Huffman (Colleyville, Texas) was the top finisher, taking 8th in a time of 56:01.

Third World Cup victory and this time at last it was in Mexico! So happy to share this moment with my family, friends and all the fellow Mexicans who were cheering all the way, thank you so much! #HuatulcoWC was my first World Cup ever, back in 2008. That time I was lapped and not able to finish the race but I promised myself I would be back to win and finally, after 10 years, I did it. #BelieveInYourself #NeverStopTrying #FromLastToFirst Tercera victoria en una copa del mundo y esta vez al fin fue en casa! Increíble la sensación de ganar en casa y poder compartir este momento con mi familia, amigos y todos mis compatriotas que estuvieron animando en todo momento, muchas gracias a todos! Esta fue mi primera copa del mundo, en el 2008. Esa vez no pude acabar ya que fui lapeado/doblado pero me prometí que volvería para ganar aquella competencia que me marcó con una amarga experiencia en mi debut en copa del mundo. Ahora, 10 años después, lo he cumplido y volví más fuerte que nunca para llevarme el primer lugar. #NuncaDejesDeIntentarlo #CreeEnTiMismo #DeÚltimoAPrimero 📸 @wags.photo @worldtriathlon

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For complete results from the Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup, visit triathlon.org.

USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championships

Deanna McCurdy (Littleton, Colo.) and Nate Youngs (Boring, Ore.) earned overall titles on Saturday at the USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championships, held as part of XTERRA Cameron Park in Waco, Texas. Battling 90-degree heat, as well as the rocks, ledges and climbs that come with the unique course, athletes tackled a 1500-meter swim, 32-kilometer mountain bike and 10-kilometer trail run.

For complete results from the USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championships, click here.

USA Triathlon Clydesdale and Athena National Championships

Meanwhile, seventeen age-group triathletes won national titles on Sunday at the USA Triathlon Clydesdale and Athena National Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In the sprint-distance race, Josh De Jong (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Laura Crower (Sanford, Mich.) claimed the overall Clydesdale and Athena titles with times of 1:06:53 and 1:16:46, respectively. Bill Tomlinson (Boston, Mass.; 2:24:38) and Alyssa Hinds (Mason, Mich.; 2:48:51) were the overall winners in the Olympic-distance event, while Christian Jacobsen (Oxford, Mich.; 4:53:19) and Kristi Mauss (Royal Oak, Mich.; 5:19:51) each took first overall in the long course.

Wow, what a day! #Personalbests for the three of us and I actually walked away with a #NATIONALCHAMPIONSHIP! I was skeptical to race the Athena National Championship because there is definitely a part of me embarrassed by the fact I weight 165+ pounds. I was proud to stand on the podium with #FAST, tall, and #STRONG women, with about 2 minutes separating the three of us. We live in a social society that can easily make us feel inadequate with ourselves. Today I’m embracing a strong, healthy body that allows me to participate in a fantastic sport with amazing people. Congrats to all the finishers today including my husband and fast seester. #IronmanCanada is next on deck folks! #nationalchampion #inthelab #grandrapidstri #grandrapidstriathlon #athena #mpcmyfuel #xterrapaddleboards

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For complete results from the USA Triathlon Clydesdale and Athena National Championships, visit grandrapidstri.com.

IRONMAN Boulder

Chris Leiferman (Longmont, Colo.) impressed as the overall top finisher at IRONMAN Boulder in Boulder, Colorado Sunday, crossing the finish line in 8:07:55. In the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run course, Joe Gambles of Australia came in second place (8:13:16) in the men’s division, while Patrick Mckeon (Philadelphia, Pa.) took third with a time of 8:20:48. All together, nine Americans finished in the top 10 on the day. Four Americans finished in the top five of the women’s event. Kirsty Jahn of Canada took first with a time of 9:16:12. Katy Evans (Lakewood, Colo.) and Dede Griesbauer (Boulder, Colo.) of the U.S. placed second and third with times of 9:19:20 and 9:36:55.

For the full list of results from IRONMAN Boulder, go to ironman.com.

IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman

Stephanie Roy of Canada raced to a first-place finish in the women’s race in Cambridge, Maryland at IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman over the weekend. Roy’s finishing time of 4:15:31 in the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run course made her the only non-American to crack the top 10. Jodie Robertson (Melville, N.Y.) and Holly Benner (Bethlehem, Pa.) of the U.S. placed second and third in the event. Meanwhile, on the men’s side, Cody Beals crossed the tape first in 3:49:04, more than six minutes ahead of U.S. triathlete Adam Ostot (Williamsburg, Va.), who finished with a time of 3:55:32. Tim Rea of Australia was just a minute behind in third, while Hunter Lussi of the U.S. came in fourth place.

Don’t judge me. I need practice.

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For a complete list of results from IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman, go to ironman.com.