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
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.
The podium is always a fun place to be! Came away with 2nd place at the Richmond CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon today. Proud of giving it my all 🏊🏻♀️🚴🏼♀️🏃🏼♀️. And congrats to all of the women out there. Big thanks to @usatriathlon @pstriathlon @rokasports @guenergylabs @nytromultisport and @kinetikperformanceco for the continued support. #FindFaster #GuForIt #GuCrew
Those who understand my health until recently know how much this podium means to me. So grateful to be back feeling, training, and racing like myself. Pro debut was a success alongside a massive cheering squad. Now it’s back to #grindtime #primetime with the PEAK multisport crew🤘🏽 . . . . . . . . #richmondconticup #prodebut #usat #peakmultisport #progress #healthfirst #dontcallitacomeback #slureunion #squadgoals
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.
Awesome to grab the W today at the Richmond Conti Cup! Some more good signs of where things are going and great to finish off three weeks of racing with a bang. I’m definitely feeling pretty tired, so looking forward to some R&R and excited looking forward at the next training block. But for now, enjoying this one! And I think the last few times Mom and Dad have been there to watch me race I’ve gotten the win. They must bring me the good luck, and always so special to have them cheering me on! #itu #winning #triathlon #richmond #virginia #jasonsmash
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.
SUPER stoked to come in 3rd at @tricalifornia_events #wildflowertriathlon. Literally my favorite race out there and I’ve come a long way since my first Wildflower experience in 2015 which was my first pro race and first half! All thanks to my HUGE support system of sponsors, family and friends. This weekend had been amazing and this race always reminds me WHY i love this sport so much! Congrats to everyone who raced this weekend and competed in this epic event! 📷 @eliseswinter #wildflowertri #mdwsports #michaeldavidwinery #freakshow #salmingrunning #ismseat #pureencapsulations
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.
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.
With a little less than a week from graduating, our AMAZING team Captain, Katherine Hoolihan, won the Collegiate Olympic race at #WILDFLOWER ! She was instrumental in helping our team win a National Championship at USAT Collegiate Club Nationals placing 6th in the Draft Legal race and 5th in the Olympic. We’re going to miss you so much Kat and we are so proud of you. Go Bears! 💙💛🐻 Photo credits to @tricalifornia_events @kaoriphoto
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.
Disappointing race? Now what? 🤷🏻♀️ Personally, I like to give myself 24 hours to feel the feels. After that, I stop beating myself up over what I did wrong and take away lessons for what I’ll do better leading into my next race. Yesterday was a good reminder to stay healthy and be totally dialed in with my equipment. While it’s a huge bummer to miss out on a big opportunity, take what you can from a race and move on to the next one. Whether a happy (kudos to so many, esp Paula) or disappointing race, congrats to all who participated at @ironmantri #imstgeorge703. We all definitely earned our tacos and cerveza. 🌮 🍻 📷:@compimagephoto #triathlon #ironman #stgeorge #raceprocess
What a day! I am absolutely thrilled with my 4th place finish at #stgeorge703. It was just an all around special day where I felt calm and confident. Lots of special racing memories made today with a start line full of women I have tremendous respect for 👊🚺. Congratulations to @paula_findlay @jeanniseymour &. @sarah.b.true on your podium today; it was a pleasure sharing the race course with you. Many thanks to my husband and now coach @jarrodshoemaker for making a day like this possible. @triflarellc @361usa @baseperformance 📷 #1 @nilsnilsen @rokasports #2 & 3 @ironmantri
You are the most beautiful kind of pain @ironmantri #IM703STG 🙌👏🏻 • MAK! Thanks for waiting so patiently for me, buddy....was hustling to get to you as fast as I could muster 💙 • So many congratulations and respect for @paula_findlay @jeanniseymour @sarah.b.true @aliciakayetri @teamwurtele and more on an impressive day 👊🏽 🙌 📷 @donaldmiralle 🌟🌟🌟
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).
A strong 💪 10th place for me at #im703stg! There were some great take aways from this race but also a few things that I NEED to button up in order to get where I know I should be. I’ll take the positives with me back home as I launch into the final prep for one of my key races of the year, IRONMAN Boulder on June 10th. 🏡 📷: @compimagephoto
For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 St. George, visit IRONMAN.com.
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
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.
4th in Pittsburgh in my half marathon debut in a time of 70:58 This is not the result I came here for, but results don’t come overnight...or in 8 months. Lots of work to do and I can’t wait! A huge congrats to the podium @aliphine @sarahall3 @rochelle_kanuho Thank you to everyone who has supported me. 📸 @talbotcox Talbot also created a race recap on my YouTube channel. Link in bio
For complete results from the USA Track & Field Half Marathon Championship, click here.