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Weekend Notebook: Americans Crack the Top 10 in New Zealand

By USA Triathlon | April 01, 2019, 6:13 p.m. (ET)

New Plymouth ITU World Cup

It was another encouraging weekend for the future of USA Triathlon, as two young rising stars cracked the top 10 of the women’s race at the New Plymouth ITU World Cup in New Zealand. On the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run course, 23-year-old Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.) was eight seconds away from a podium spot, taking fourth place and finishing best among all American women with a time of 1 hour, 3 minutes, 44 seconds. Sophie Chase (Carlsbad, Calif.), the 2018 USA Triathlon Women’s Rookie Triathlete of the Year, wasn’t too far behind, crossing the finish line in 1:04:26 to take ninth.

Italy’s Angelica Olmo broke the tape in 1:03:27, just a second ahead of Switzerland’s Jolanda Annen (1:03:28), who came in second. Australia’s Jaz Hedgeland (1:03:36) rounded out the podium.

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Couldn’t think of a better way to cap off 2 months of training and racing abroad than doing what I love in a place that I always hoped to visit. New Plymouth, New Zealand didn’t fail to disappoint! The spectacular surroundings, tough course and great competition made this weekend’s #ituworldcup experience one of my favorite thus far. After a choppy and physical swim, I fought to put myself back in it on the bike and ended up running my way to a 9th place finish. Praise God for His grace every step of the way this weekend and all the glory to Christ. Big thanks to my coach @triathlongold and my support team @usatriathlon @usat_crp @quintanarootri @island_batik @teampsychotriathlete! Shout out to the lovely @zsofiaprincipessa for pushing me all the way to the line! 👯‍♀️ _ #newzealand #newplymouth #itu #triathlon #usatriathlon #teamusa #athlete #swim #bike #run #raceday #motivation #quintanarootri #fight #dontgiveup PC: @trimassageguy

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On the men’s side, Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.) was the top American finisher, taking 17th place with a time of 57 minutes on the dot. Matt McElroy (Huntington Beach, Calif.; 57:04 was tailing him in 18th, while Jason West (Boulder, Colo.; 58:31) cracked the top 30 by finishing 29th overall.

Australia’s Luke Willian earned the victory with a time of 56:04, while Germany’s Justus Nieschlag (56:10) placed second by a nose over New Zealand’s Sam Ward.

For complete results from the New Plymouth ITU World Cup, click here.