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Weekend Notebook: October 22

By USA Triathlon | Oct. 22, 2018, 7:13 p.m. (ET)

Salinas ITU Triathlon World Cup

Make that two top-five finishes in a row now on the ITU World Cup Circuit for Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.). A week after finishing fourth in Sarasota, Florida, Pearson finished fifth overall at the Salinas ITU Triathlon World Cup on Sunday in Ecuador. With a time of 52 minutes, 25 seconds on the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run course, he was just a second off the podium after a wild sprint to the finish.

Spain’s David Castro Fajardo took gold with a time of 52:21, while Brazil’s Manoel Messias (52:23) and Portugal’s Joao Pereira (52:24) rounded out the podium.

Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.) was the top American finisher in the women’s race, taking the No. 21 spot after crossing the finish line in 59:33. Ukraine’s Yuliya Yelistratova broke the tape for a first-place finish with a winning time of 58:19. Brazil’s Luisa Baptista (58:22) and Chile’s Barbara Riveros (58:37) placed second and third, respectively.

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Finally the win!!! So happy to claim the🥇of 2018 Salinas ITU Triathlon World Cup!😇 Thankful to @vladimir_turbaevskiy for doing his best for my preparation! Grateful to my home town Zhytomyr’s mayor and deputies for their belief in my result and such important support with the travel for these races! Many thanks to my family, friends, fans and sponsors for huge help and sending good vibes!🌞#win #gold #victory #champion #happy #success #fit #triathlon #thisistriathlon #triathlonworld #itu #worldcup #race #triathlongirl #champsys #champsyshk #champsysintl #spiuk #ffwd #factor #asklepiy #on #iracezone3 #trionz #controltech #polar #becoaquasport #житомир #триатлон #ukraine @champsys @champsyshk @champsysintl @spiuk_official @ffwdwheels @factorbikes @zone3official @on_running @asklepiyua @trionzofficial @controltechbikes @polarglobal @polar_ukraine @sponser.sportfood @beco.aquasport

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

NCAA Women’s Collegiate Triathlon East Regional Qualifier

The final Women’s NCAA Collegiate Triathlon Regional Qualifier of the 2018 season is a wrap. This weekend, athletes from schools around the country competed in a sprint race at the East Regional Qualifier in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, hoping to qualify for the 2018 National Championship in Tempe, Arizona on Nov. 4.

Queens University of Charlotte athletes Anabel Knoll (59:46) and Tereza Zimovjanova (1:00:01) were the first two athletes across the finish line on the 750-meter swim, 20k bike and 5k run course. Queens University finished first among Division II schools. First-year program Davis & Elkins College finished in second among Division II schools, while Drury University came in third.

Winners of the previous two national championships, Arizona State University came out on top among all Division I schools for its second first-place finish of the 2018 season. East Tennessee State University and Wagner College rounded out the top three.

Finally, North Central College had the top score in the Division III category, while the Milwaukee School of Engineering and Concordia University Wisconsin placed second and third on the day.

Click here for full results from the East Regional Qualifier.

IRONMAN 70.3 Coquimbo

It was just another race and another triathlon victory for the great Andy Potts this weekend. Potts (Colorado Springs, Colo.) broke the tape in Chile at IRONMAN 70.3 Coquimbo with a time of 4:02:30 on the 1.9k swim, 90k bike and 21k run course for the victory. Brazil’s Santiago Ascenco (4:03:34) and Chile’s Phillipe (4:04:32) rounded out the top three in the men’s pro race.

Americans were at the top of both events, as Lauren Goss (Boulder, Colo.) took home the crown in the women’s race, crossing the finish line in a time of 4:31:47. Alici Kaye of Canada finished a little over a minute behind Goss to take the silver (4:32:55), while Chile’s Pamela Tastets rounded out the podium in third with a time of 4:51:29.

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Feels good to finally put together a solid race taking the win at @ironman70.3coquimbo ! Today was my proudest win to date. Lots of things went wrong - broken rear derailuer hanger upon arrival, flat tubular morning of the race so i used my spare with no glue (thx @santitri01) , wetsuit ripped right before start (my fault completely), and then the first loop of 4 on the run my calves were so tight I thought they were going to snap and I wouldn’t be able to finish. Somehow, I kept pushing and wanted to win so badly. I’ll admit I’ve given up so many times in my career. This race was not only a win but a shift in my mental game. Thank you Coquimbo for such a fantastic event, my sponsors for making this life possible, family, friends and most importantly my training squad + @chrislieto ❤️ Next up: Buenos Aires 70.3 South American Championship 📸

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For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Coquimbo, head to

IRONMAN 70.3 Shanghai

Meanwhile in China, two Americans finished in the top five of the men’s race at IRONMAN 70.3 Shanghai. Justin Metzler (Boulder, Colo.; 3:48:30) and Alex Libin (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished 4th and 5th, respectively, on the 1.9k swim, 90k bike and 21k run course. Filipe Azevedo of Portugal won the men’s race with a time of 3:46:23, while South Africa’s Matt Trautman (3:46:26) and Australia’s Mitch Robins (3:46:50) took home the silver and bronze.

Chile took the top two spots on the women’s podium between Caroline Steffen (4:06:32) and Imogen Simmonds (4:07:52), while South Africa’s Jeanni Seymour placed third with a time of 4:11:35.

For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Shanghai, go to

San Diego Triathlon Challenge

It wouldn’t be a complete weekend recap if we didn’t mention the “Best Day in Tri”. The annual San Diego Triathlon Challenge celebrated its 25th anniversary over the weekend. Roughly 200 physically changed athletes, 550 able-bodied athletes, celebrities, professional triathletes and more took on the beautiful 1-mile swim, 44-mile bike and 10-mile run course in support of the Challenged Athletes Foundation. The funds raised will go toward helping individuals with physical challenges get the tools they need to find success in sports and in life.