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Podium Sweep in Yokohama Highlights Great Weekend for USA Triathlon

By Nick Hehemann, USA Triathlon | May 20, 2019, 5:17 p.m. (ET)

ITU World Triathlon Series Yokohama

Three Americans on the podium and a third straight World Triathlon Series (WTS) victory for Katie Zaferes (Santa Cruz, Calif.) made it an incredible weekend for the USA Triathlon women in Yokohama. Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.) earned silver for the second WTS medal of her career, while Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.) continued her impressive 2019 season with a bronze medal to help the red, white and blue round out the podium. It was the fourth U.S. podium sweep in ITU World Triathlon Series history and the first since 2016.

With a perfect start to 2019 — securing wins in Abu Dhabi, Bermuda and Yokohama — Zaferes has a commanding lead in the WTS Standings with 3,000 points. Spivey is tied with Great Britain’s Jessica Learmouth for second with 2,458 points. Rappaport is now in seventh after her podium finish.

Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.) was the fourth American to crack the top 10 in the women’s field, finishing ninth overall.

Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.) was the top U.S. finisher on the men’s side, placing 15th overall. France’s Vincent Luis broke the tape.

Distance: 1,500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run


Elite Men’s Podium

1. Vincent Luis (FRA), 1:43:21

2. Henri Schoeman (RSA), 1:43:24

3. Bence Bicsak (HUN), 1:43:26


Elite Women’s Podium

1. Katie Zaferes, 1:52:12

2. Summer Rappaport, 1:52:333

3. Taylor Spivey, 1:53:29


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For complete results from ITU World Triathlon Series Yokohama, click here.

Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Series

Before the elite women pulled off their sweep, the U.S. saw six of its elite paratriathletes reach the podium in Yokohama. Allysa Seely (Glendale, Ariz.) headlined the class by earning a gold medal in the PTS2 division and extending her year-long ITU World Paratriathlon Series (WPS) streak. Grace Norman (Cedarville, Ohio; PTS5) and Kelly Elmlinger (San Antonio, Texas; PTS4) also won their respective categories.

Brad Snyder (Baltimore, Md.) earned his first career WPS medal with a bronze in the men’s PTVI division. Chris Hammer (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Kendall Gretsch (Madison, Wisc.) earned a pair of silver medals in the men’s PTS5 and women’s PTWC divisions, respectively.

Distance: 750 m swim, 20k bike, 5k run


PTS2 Women

1. Allysa Seely (Glendale, Ariz.), 1:19:38

2. Fran Brown (GBR), 1:20:32

3. Liisa Lilja (FIN), 1:22:35


PTS4 Women

1. Kelly Elmlinger (San Antonio, Texas), 1:16:34

2. Mami Tani (JPN), 1:18:43


PTS5 Women

1. Grace Norman (Cedarville, Ohio), 1:07:49

2. Claire Cashmore (GBR), 1:08:01

3. Gwladys Lemoussu (FRA), 1:10:21


PTS5 Men

1. Stefan Daniel (CAN), 58:54

2. Chris Hammer (Salt Lake City, Utah), 1:00:56

3. Alexandr lalchik (RUS), 1:01:24


PTWC Women

1. Jade Hall (GBR), 1:09:01

2. Kendall Gretsch (Madison, Wis.), 1:09:33

3. Lauren Parker (AUS), 1:09:55



1. Jose Luis Garcia Serrano (ESP), 1:02:16

2. Jonathan Goerlach (AUS), 1:02:49

3. Brad Snyder (Baltimore, Md.), 1:03:39


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📷: @dellyphotoninja Some races you find flow and each aspect comes together. One discipline folding into the next almost seamlessly, but not without hard work. Others are one battle after another to gain an inch, to fight from behind or to overcome a mistake. Today’s race proved to be the latter for me. I am both proud and disappointed in my performance today. I woke up after a rare good nights sleep. My body felt fresh and firing during warm ups and then the starting gun went off. I swam away from the buoy and my competition as I settled into a strong and steady pace. In a quick moment a wave pushed me off course and without realizing I made what I worried could prove to be a fatal mistake. When I realized my error I quickly looked to the pack and I was at the rear with extra water to cover. I gave it my all to get back into the race, burning match after match to make it happen. I fought for every last inch with each stroke and was eventually able to get back into it. I continued to fight through the bike never finding my typical rhythm or the numbers I hoped to see, but still noticing the progress I had been working so hard for over the past 18months. When it came to the run I fought to stay present. I am proud that I was able to fight through mistakes and distractions to have a solid race. I am disappointed because I have always prided myself on being a strong and focused competitor and today I was not that. Physically my body was able to perform, but mentally I failed. Today is not the end goal each training session and each race are only leading to the future. Today I try to put my perfectionism aside and take it for what it was, the good and the bad, I am excited to head home and refocus during this next block of training before hitting the race course again. #livforward #livracing #howweliv #seelthedeal

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For complete results from ITU World Paratriathlon Series Yokohama, click here.


Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup

Kevin McDowell (Phoenix, Ariz.) reached the podium at an ITU World Cup race for the first time in 2019, earning a bronze medal in Italy at the Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup. Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee won the race, followed by Germany’s Justus Nieschlag. Jason West (Boulder, Colo.) also turned in a solid performance on the men’s side, finishing 13th.

Erika Ackerlund also cracked the top 15 in the elite women’s division, placing 14th as the lone U.S. finisher.

Distance: 750m swim, 19k bike, 5k run


Elite Men’s Podium

1. Alistair Brownlee (GBR), 52:02

2. Justus Nieschlag (GER), 52:03

3. Kevin McDowell (Phoenix, Ariz.), 52:14


Elite Women’s Podium

1. Sophie Coldwell (GBR), 57:57

2. Nina Eim (GER), 58:08

3. Valerie Barthelemy (BEL), 58:09


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

IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga

On the IRONMAN circuit, Americans topped the podium in Tennessee at IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga on Sunday. Heather Jackson (Bend, Ore.) broke the tape in the women’s race, while fellow U.S. athlete Skye Moench (Holladay, Utah) got the silver. Paula Findlay of Canada rounded out the podium, while Lauren Barnett (Dallas, Tex.) took fourth to make it three Americans in the top five.

Sam Long (Boulder, Colo.) got the victory in the men’s race, crossing the finish line nearly two minutes ahead of Canada’s Jackson Laundry. Matt Hanson (Storm Lake, Iowa) rounded out the top three, giving the Americans four podium finishers collectively in the men’s and women’s races.


Elite Women's Podium 

1. Heather Jackson (Bend, Ore.), 4:12:26

2. Skye Moench (Holladay, Utah), 4:13:14

3. Paula Findlay (CAN), 4:16:53


Elite Men's Podium 

1. Sam Long (Boulder, Colo.), 3:48:50

2. Jackson Laundry (CAN), 3:50:43

Matt Hanson (Storm Lake, Iowa), 3:52:23


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Yayyyyy! Beyond ecstatic to be able to defend here in Chattanooga today! So grateful to everyone for the support on course today and messages I’ve received from afar🤗 Thank you to all of the volunteers out there in the crazy heat today- we couldn’t do this without you. A massive congrats to all of the female professionals for pushing each other all day + especially @skyemoench and @paula_findlay . It’s an honor to race against all of you and find new levels of pushing ourselves. Thank you so much to my sponsors, my coach @joegambles , and to my #1 @wattieink for his indescribable love and support every day. Congrats to all finishers- this was a noticeably hotter day than the last few years. If today didn’t go as well... it’s the tough days that make the good ones that much better! Trust me😀 Also a huge shout out to our incredible homestay Johnny O and @georgiagrayobrien for taking care of us all week. Thank you again to everyone for your support. xo 📷 @wattieink

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Click here for full results from IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga.

XTERRA Oak Mountain

Some of the best off-road athletes around gathered in Alabama Saturday for XTERRA Oak Mountain —the fourth stop of the Pan American Tour and the first major in the U.S. this season. Suzie Snyder (Reno, Nev.) broke the tape in the women’s race, while fellow American Lesley Paterson (San Diego, Calif.) got the silver to make it two U.S. athletes on the podium. New Zealand’s Samantha Kingsford rounded out the podium in third.

New Zealander Sam Osborne got the victory in the men’s race, finishing two minutes ahead of XTERRA legend Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.), who came in second overall. Fellow Coloradan Kieran McPherson (Fort Collins, Colo.) rounded out the podium.

Distance: 1.5k swim, 34k mountain bike, 9.5k trail run


Elite Men’s Podium

1. Sam Osborne (NZL), 2:28:21

2. Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.), 2:30:28

3. Kieran McPherson (Fort Collins, Colo.), 2:32:13


Elite Women’s Podium

1. Suzie Snyder (Reno, Nev.), 2:50:47

2. Lesley Paterson (San Diego, Calif.), 2:55:38

3. Samantha Kingsford (NZL), 2:57:01


For complete results from XTERRA Oak Mountain, click here.