USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: May 7

By Caryn Maconi | May 07, 2018, 10:29 p.m. (ET)

Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup

Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.) reached the ITU Triathlon World Cup podium for the second time in her career with a silver-medal performance in Chengdu, China, on Sunday. Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.) placed sixth in the men’s race, leading the U.S. men with a career-best World Cup finish.

The race featured a semifinal format, with sprint-distance qualifying heats (750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run) on Saturday and super-sprint A and B finals (400m swim, 10k bike, 2.5k run) on Sunday. The top half of the field in each of two semifinal heats for the women and three semifinal heats for the men advanced to Sunday’s A finals.

Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat won the women’s A final with a time of 31 minutes, 20 seconds. Gorman was close behind in 31:27, followed by Japan’s Fuka Sega in 31.34. Also competing in the women’s A final were Sophie Chase (Carlsbad, Calif.), who placed 11th in 32:36, and Mary Alex England (Carlsbad, Calif.), who was 25th in 34:07.

My first World Cup experience turned out to be quite the experience! Was a hard fought day today in the finals here in Chengdu, in which I finished 11th. After a rough swim and some critical errors in transition, I found myself fairly far back. I ended up biking back up to the pack and was able to scrap for a couple of spots on the run, but didn’t move up as much as I wanted to. Although I am disappointed as this was not the end result I wanted, it is exactly what I needed. Moments like this are a humbling reminder that I will experience ups and downs and that growth is possible through learning what I did wrong and how to get better. Praise God not only for the triumphs but the disappointments, because they remind me of my dependency on Christ as my ultimate source of joy and contentment! I want to offer my love to everyone back home who continue to support me. Thank you all for the kind messages and encouragement! Also a huge thanks to my Coach, Jarrod Evans @triathlongold, @quintanarootri @rokasports @rudyprojectna @teampsychotriathlete for the continued support. Ready to get back to work, grind away at my weaknesses and keep on keeping on! PC: @worldtriathlon

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In the men’s race, Azerbaijan’s Rostislav Pevtsov broke the tape in 28:18. France’s Felix Duchampt was the runner-up in 28:290, and Mexico’s Rodrigo Gonzalez took third in 28:20. Pearson’s 28:29 was good for sixth, while Seth Rider (Germantown, Tenn., 28:32) and Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D., 29:01) placed 10th and 24th respectively.

For complete results from the Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup, click here.

Richmond CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup

Erika Ackerlund (Missoula, Mont.) and Jason West (Boulder, Colo.) earned wins at the Richmond CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup on Sunday, the third U.S. stop on the CAMTRI calendar this season. Ackerlund covered the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run in 57 minutes, 25 seconds, marking her third consecutive CAMTRI podium this season.

Chelsea Sodaro (Poway, Calif.) was the runner-up in 57:40, and Amy Cymerman (Colorado Springs, Colo.) completed the U.S. podium sweep in 57:53. Also placing in the top-10 were Jessica Broderick (Middlebury, Conn.), who took fourth in 58:12; Brittany Warly (Colorado Springs, Colo.), seventh in 58:54; and Kyleigh Spearing (Frankfort, Ill.), eighth in 59:11.

In the men’s race, West broke the tape with a time of 51:21. Israel’s Roy Zuaretz crossed the line in 51:29 for silver, outsprinting third-place-finisher Taylor Forbes of Canada by just one second. Darr Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) and Robby Webster (Tacoma, Wash.) took eighth and ninth respectively in another close finish, both recording times of 51:57.

For complete results from the Richmond CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup, click here.

Wildflower Triathlon Experience

Thousands of age-group, collegiate and elite athletes participated in the iconic Wildflower Triathlon Experience on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to sprint-distance, Olympic-distance and long-course triathlons, activities also included live music, beer and wine tastings, yoga, a kid’s race, off-road running and triathlon events, stand-up paddleboard races, nutrition and lifestyle clinics and more.

In the elite race, which featured a 1.9-kilometer swim, 90-kilometer bike and 21-kilometer run, Heather Jackson (Bend, Ore.) took the win for the women. Her time of 4:34:45 was more than four minutes faster than runner-up Carrie Lester of Australia. Robin Pomeroy (Madison, Wis.) rounded out the podium in 2:44:40. Rudy Von Berg (Boulder, Colo.) won the men’s race in 4:00:40, breaking Jesse Thomas’ famous six-year win streak. Thomas (Bend, Ore.) claimed second in 4:03:18, followed by Canada’s Nathan Killam in 4:11:37.

All good things must come to an end. Very proud of my performance today and so happy to pass the #WildflowerTri torch to a super talented, young, high potential athlete like @rudyvonberg. I swam well, was a little flat the first half of the ride and gave my all to try to make up a 5 min deficit on the run. Pulled back about three minutes but ran out of real estate and energy. I soaked up that last stretch again and got just a tad emotional at the finish line. You know it’s my style. . I’m so honored and proud of what I experienced over 7 years at this event. The steps on the pictured staircase will remain as one of my proudest accomplishments. This event will always mean so much to me and I hope it continues to thrive in the sport. Thank you @tricalifornia_events, my family, sponsors, and crazy ass fans for the support and encouragement today and over the course of my career. It’s been a wild ride and I’m thankful for every step of the way! . Now back to family and work at the @pickybars booth! Thanks everyone for following and cheering! . Awesome pics by @kaoriphoto and @sarahoual and @fleshmanflyer.

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Kevin Jervis of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Katherine Hoolihan of the University of California, Berkeley, captured wins in the collegiate race, which featured a 1.5k swim, 40k bike and 10k run.

For complete results from Wildflower, visit wildflowerexperience.com.

IRONMAN 70.3 St. George

Sarah True took third in the women’s pro race at IRONMAN 70.3 St. George on Saturday, a race that served as the IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship. True covered the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 4:17:46. Canada’s Paula Findlay broke the tape with a time of 4:15:53, and South Africa’s Jeanni Seymour grabbed the runner-up spot in 4:17:19. Also placing top-five for the U.S. were Alicia Kaye (Clermont, Fla.), fourth in 4:19:19, and Meredith Kessler (San Francisco, Calif.), fifth in 4:21:32.

In the men’s pro race, Sam Long and Justin Metzler — both of Boulder, Colorado — led the U.S. effort. Long placed ninth with a time of 3:58:19, and Metzler was 10th in 3:59:52. Taking the top three spots were Lionel Sanders of Canada (3:41:11), Sebastian Kienle of Germany (3:42:38) and Michael Weiss of Austria (3:43:14).

For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 St. George, visit IRONMAN.com.

IRONMAN Australia

Kelsey Withrow (Walnut Creek, Calif.) raced to a third-place finish at IRONMAN Australia on Sunday, covering the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run in 9:45:00. Great Britain’s Laura Siddall took the win with a time of 9:05:59, and Melanie Burke of New Zealand claimed the runner-up spot in 9:29:50. Withrow was the only U.S. athlete in the professional field.

By far the hardest day physically and emotionally I’ve ever had in a race. The swim went well and I set a new Ironman Australia record 🇦🇺 Yay! The bike is where it all went down hill. I rode the last half out of aero and was getting passed by everyone. My legs didn’t hurt but my back, neck, butt and arms sure did. I didn’t think it would really be possible to run a marathon after but i decided to try. (I’ve never run a marathon) 😳. I actually felt pretty good out there for some of it but had some pretty crazy lows and a fall too🙈. I just can’t believe i actually ran myself into 3rd. Currently i don’t ever want to do another Ironman but maybe that will change in a f we days:) A huge thank you to Mitch Joyce Angela Joyce and the rest of their family for cheering me on and making sure i was taken care of during my trip! This is what racing is all about!💜 Thank you also to my sponsors! Altra RunningGQ-6Vie 13 Kustom Apparel ROKAPolarJaybirdNormaTec RecoveryBolléCore Motion AthleticsAMain HobbiesRenaissance ClubSport Walnut CreekBont CyclingENVE CompositesZwiftDeFeet Sponsorship #ironmanaustralia #australia #ironman #triathlon #triathlete #athlete #podium #walnutcreek #strength #motivation #roadtokona #tri365 #importmacquarie #IMAus

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For complete results from IRONMAN Australia, visit IRONMAN.com.

USA Track & Field Half Marathon Championship

U.S. Olympic triathlon gold medalist Gwen Jorgensen (Portland, Ore.) made her half-marathon debut on Sunday at the USA Track & Field Half Marathon Championship in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jorgensen turned in a time of 1:10:58, earning fourth place in the elite women’s field. She was less than 10 seconds back from third-place finisher Rochelle Kanuho, who crossed the line in 1:10:49. Aliphine Tuliamuk was the champion with a time of 1:10:04, and Sara Hall took second in 1:10:07.

For complete results from the USA Track & Field Half Marathon Championship, click here.