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.
Arigatou gozaimasu Yokohama! Happy to finish off our time in Japan with another podium. I was able to execute a few goals I didn’t achieve in Bermuda and also dig myself out of a hard place during lap two of the run. A pretty successful mission and happy to share the podium with these two gals! #wtsyokohama 📸: @tzaferes
Pleased with my 6th at #wtsyokohama. It was nice to feel like myself for the first time this season and see my racing reflect my training. I've now raced Yokohama four times and every year I've improved my placing (42nd, 14th, 12th, and now 6th) and I hope I can keep this trend up in years to come 😜. Next up is #wtsleeds in four weeks! #thetriathlonsquad 📸 @dellyphotoninja
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.
17th place and 2nd American. A good start to the Olympic point cycle. One of the most painful races due to a side stitch early on the bike. Amazing support back in HB from the @river_boyzzz always hosting party’s to watch my races live! Thank you to my coach @pstriathlon and all the @usatriathlon staff @ivanogorman @sara7411 @courtsps, Bobby, and @trimassageguy for getting everything dialed in before the race. #triathlon #WTSYokohama #FindFaster #TimeToFly #FinishStronger #NYAC #swimbikerun Photo: @aquawizphotography @omatsutri
Now I can answer “Yes” to the question “Have you ever flatted in a race before?” and no longer have to knock on wood. Pretty disappointed, but using this as extra fuel to the fire. Still a lot more racing ahead this season! Highlight was seeing @therealmislawchuk put together the race we knew he had in him with 4th and @morgan_heartthrob_pearson putting together a knockout FIRST Olympic distance AND World Triathlon Series!! Excited to be heading to Lisbon to get back to work with @multisportbrain and the crew #wtsyokohama
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!
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.
This #American trio was 100 seconds back with 5k left. My engine was burning the last bit of coal and it felt like I had square wheels, but I narrowly held them off!— Andrew Starykowicz (@starykowicz) May 14, 2018
Felt good to beat the old @usatriathlon national team. pic.twitter.com/ZuVqZBGH3w
Third place was the result of lots of suffering today in Monterrey. I was pinned at what felt like “above maximum” effort in all three sports the whole race so the smile in this picture is genuine happiness that the race is over. And happy to be on the podium! As @tri_starky says, “there’s no pain like champagne.” Actually now that I think about it that makes zero sense. @tri_starky pls explain. #IM703MTY
5th in Monterrey after a hard day’s work. Not exactly what I wanted, but the wake up call I needed to light up my season. . . . .📷: @talbotcox . . @pprteam @rudyprojectna @theinfinitloop @newyorkac @cipollinibikes @dmtcycling @maxxistires @alecyclingofficial #ironmantraining #triathlon #triathlete #mexico
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.
5th place at 70.3 Monterrey! Not a great race for me, but best pro finish so far! It’s still crazy to me that I get to race in the same category as some of the best athletes in the world. . . . #im703monterrey #raceday #ironman #ironman703 #racing #triathlon #trilife #swimming #biking #cycling #running #swimbikerun #3athlonlife #triathlete #nuunlife #athlete #triathlontraining #womenwhotri #proathlete
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.
IM Santa Rosa... Still taking it in and reflecting on this experience. As quiet and lonely as the training felt at times.... As goals were met and goals were missed... workouts I wanted to avoid were completed. I came to this race more prepared than ever and the support I had was more than I ever expected. Thank you, so much - your cheers were loud and appreciated. 🙂 #onemultisport #oneelite #workworks #swimbikerun #ironmantri #imsr #konabound
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).
Round of applause for a terrific weekend in PCB. Coming into Gulf Coast 70.3, I was really uncertain of where the fitness was at for the race, but ended up biking and running myself into third overall! I had a blast racing with several @all3sports teammates out on the course. Great three days of racing, beaches, crab legs, and sunsets.
In 2016, my longtime mentor Gray and I decided to sign up for Gulf Coast Triathlon as our first 70.3 on our journey to IM Florida. Two years later, we both find ourselves returning to PCB and dropping over 10 minutes from our previous best efforts, earning our respective ways to the AG podium at #ironmangulfcoast703. I’m very fortunate to be surrounded by positive influences in my life -Thank you to my friends, family and #emjtriteam mates for the support in my triathlon endeavors!
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.
I had so much fun today getting to see my teammates before during and after racing at Ironman 70.3 Gulf Coast! I also want to give DJ a shoutout who I’m with in the wetsuit pic. He had a mechanical at mile 15 or so on the bike and waited an hour 45 minutes for tech support and went on to finish the race!😮. Wow!!! #teamtimex #resilience
For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast, visit IRONMAN.com.