USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: May 14

By Caryn Maconi | May 14, 2018, 6:49 p.m. (ET)

ITU World Triathlon Yokohama

Katie Zaferes (Santa Cruz, Calif.) raced to her second consecutive ITU World Triathlon Series medal with a silver in Yokohama, Japan, on Saturday. Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.) led the U.S. men with a 14th-place finish in his WTS career debut, a race that also marked the start of the qualification period for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Flora Duffy was the women’s champion, covering the Olympic-distance 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run in 1 hour, 53 minutes, 26 seconds. Zaferes crossed the line in 1:53:59, followed by Great Britain’s Non Stanford in 1:54:42. Also competing for the U.S. women were Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.), sixth in 1:55:39; Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.), 22nd in 1:58:16; Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.), 24th in 1:58:31; and Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.), 28th in 1:59:22.

On the men’s side, Mario Mola of Spain claimed the victory with a time of 1:44:49. He was followed in second by Australia’s Jacob Birtwhistle (1:45:40), while Spain’s Fernando Alarza rounded out the podium (1:45:51). Pearson was the top American, placing 14th in 1:46:44. Also representing the red, white and blue were Matt McElroy (Huntington Beach, Calif.), who took 17th in a career-best WTS finish in 1:46:57, and Kevin McDowell (Phoenix, Ariz.), who was 44th in 1:50:49.

For complete results from ITU World Triathlon Yokohama, visit triathlon.org.

ITU World Paratriathlon Yokohama

Eight U.S. elite paratriathletes reached the podium at the first stop of the ITU World Paratriathlon Series in Yokohama, Japan, on Saturday. Allysa Seely (Glendale, Ariz., PTS2) and Mark Barr (Houston, Texas, PTS2) led the U.S. contingent, both earning gold medals on the day.

Also bringing home hardware were Hailey Danz (Chicago, Ill., women’s PTS2 silver), Ahalya Lettenberger (Glen Ellyn, Ill., women’s PTWC bronze), Jamie Brown (Bend, Ore., men’s PTS4 silver); Grace Norman (Jamestown, Ohio, women’s PTS5 silver), Chris Hammer (Salt Lake City, Utah, men’s PTS5 bronze) and Elizabeth Baker (Signal Mountain, Tenn., women’s PTVI silver).

Some days you feel like a million bucks. Then some days your legs are flat, your mind is tired, or your body is sick. But what’s crazy and beautiful and took me this training cycle to fully appreciate is that even on the days when all cylinders aren’t firing, I can still perform. I do it every single day in training, and yesterday, I did it on the race course. Feelings don’t have to dictate outcomes. When the workout begins or the gun goes off, we can still control our effort, and we can often surprise ourselves. I’m stoked to kick off the World Paratriathlon Series with a second place finish and a 2-minute course PR over last year. Equally stoked to get a podium pic with these beautiful ladies, my daily training partner @triallysa and our dedicated coach @derickw817. Thanks for all the thoughts and well wishes. Onward we go!

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For complete results from ITU World Paratriathlon Yokohama, visit triathlon.org.

IRONMAN 70.3 Monterrey

Andrew Starykowicz (Wauconda, Ill.) and Kevin Collington (Boulder, Colo.) reached the podium at IRONMAN 70.3 Monterrey on Saturday, claiming silver and bronze respectively in the men’s pro race. Antony Costes of France was the champion, covering the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 3:40:49. Starykowicz used a race-leading 1:54:05 bike split to earn the runner-up spot in 3:41:58, and Collington was less than a minute behind him for third in 3:42:35. Tim O’Donnell (Boulder, Colo.) and Matt Chrabot (Boulder, Colo.) also raced well, taking fourth and fifth respectively in 3:42:38 and 3:42:55.

In the women’s race, Lesley Smith (Boulder, Colo.) and Laura Mathews (Memphis, Tenn.) each earned top-five finishes. Finland’s Kaisa Sali broke the tape with a time of 4:06:33, and she was followed by Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae in second (4:08:25) and South Africa’s Jeanni Seymour in third (4:11:39). Smith crossed the line fourth in 4:15:49, and Mathews rounded out the top-five in 4:32:40.

For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Monterrey, visit IRONMAN.com.

IRONMAN Santa Rosa

More than 1,400 amateur triathletes competed at IRONMAN Santa Rosa in California on Saturday. Matthew Malone (Boulder, Colo.) was the top U.S. male in the field, covering the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run in 8:33:33. Malone took second place behind the Netherlands’ Derk De Korver, who posted a winning time of 8:22:02. Sami Inkinen (San Anselmo, Calif.) and Matt Bender (Baltimore, Md.) placed third and fourth, respectively, with times of 8:34:46 and 8:35:21.

Amy Farrell (Tupper Lake, N.Y.) was the women’s race champion, crossing the line in 9:31:25. Caroline Coble (Mill Valley, Calif.) took the runner-up spot in 9:38:04, followed by Kayla Schmidt (Estero, Fla.) in third in 9:44:27. Rounding out the top-five were Amy Henderson (Portland, Ore.) in 9:45:52, and Terri Rodzevik (Phoenix, Ariz.) in 9:59:11.

For complete results from IRONMAN Santa Rosa, visit IRONMAN.com.

IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast

More than 1,000 age-group triathletes finished IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast in Florida on Saturday. Brazil’s Thiago Bianchini took the win in the men’s race, covering the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 4:09:57. Jordan Bailey (Decatur, Ga.) was the runner-up in 4:12:01, and Canada’s Nick Cosman rounded out the top-three in 4:14:51. Placing fourth and fifth respectively were William Hartje (Neptune Beach, Fla., 4:16:51) and Robbie Larocque (San Juan, Puerto Rico, 4:17:55).

Argentina’s Florencia Morales as the top female with a time of 4:39:50. Deanna Newman (Birmingham, Ala.) took second place in 4:42:31, followed by Venezuela’s Belinda Ortega in 5:54:33. Suzy Thomas (Franklin, Tenn.) took fourth in 4:56:56, and Dana Dambrauskas (Sanford, Fla.) was fifth in 5:00:55.

For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast, visit IRONMAN.com.