Weekend Notebook: U.S. Athletes Continue IRONMAN Success

By Nick Hehemann, USA Triathlon | Nov. 04, 2019, 2:57 p.m. (ET)

Lima ITU Triathlon World Cup

Three U.S. athletes cracked the top-five in their respective pro categories at the Lima ITU Triathlon World Cup Sunday in Peru. In the final stop of the 2019 ITU Triathlon World Cup season, Sophie Chase (Burke, Va.) led the American women with a fourth-place finish — just 10 seconds off the podium. It was a thrilling finish for the top three spots, as Japan’s Ai Ueda (gold medal), Ukraine’s Yuliya Yelistratova (silver) and Ecuador’s Elizabeth Bravo (bronze) all finished with identical times of 59 minutes, 12 seconds.

In the men’s race, Kevin McDowell (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.) came in fourth and fifth to lead the U.S. Brazil’s Manoel Messias broke the tape, while Switzerland’s Florin Salvisberg took second and Felix Duchampt rounded out the podium.

Distance: 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run

Elite Women’s Podium

1. Ai Ueda (JPN), 59:12

2. Yuliya Yelistratova (UKR), 59:12

3. Elizabeth Bravo (ECU), 59:12

Elite Men’s Podium

1. Manoel Messias (BRA), 52:30

2. Florin Salvisberg (SUI), 52:32

3. Felix Duchampt (ITU), 52:32

 

Click here for full results from the Lima ITU Triathlon World Cup.

IRONMAN 70.3 South American Championship

An American stood on top of the podium in both the men’s and women’s races at the IRONMAN 70.3 South American Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Sunday. Chelsea Sodaro (Poway, Calif.) dominated in route to victory in the women’s race, beating her next closest competitor by more than 10 minutes. Brazil’s Pamella Oliveira and Canada’s Tamara Jewett rounded out the podium in second and third.

Fellow U.S. athlete Rudy Von Berg (Boulder, Colo.) broke the tape in the men’s race, edging silver medal-winner Pablo Dapena González of Spain by just over a minute. Brazil’s Igo Amorelli got the bronze.

Distance: 1.9k swim, 90k bike, 21.1k run

Elite Women's Podium 

1. Chelsea Sodaro (Poway, Calif.), 4:07:17

2. Pamella Oliveira (BRA), 4:17:30

3. Tamara Jewett (CAN), 4:17:41

Elite Men's Podium

1. Rudy Von Berg (Boulder, Colo.), 3:37:38

2. Pablo Dapena González (ESP), 3:38:46

3. Igor Amorelli (BRA), 3:43:30

 

Find complete results from the IRONMAN 70.3 South American Championship here.

IRONMAN 70.3 Los Cabos

While her brother broke the tape in Argentina, Olympia Von Berg (Boulder, Colo.) took fourth place to lead all American women at IRONMAN 70.3 Los Cabos in Mexico. In her first race as a pro, Von Berg — sister of Rudy Von Berg — finished just two minutes shy of the podium. Australia’s Miranda Carfrae got the victory, while Poland’s Ewa Komander took silver and Mexico’s Adriana Carreno Cruz came in third. Fellow American Elizabeth Nyitray (Alpharetta, Ga.) took fifth.

Robbie Deckard (Boulder, Colo.) made the podium in the men’s race, taking third behind Canada’s Lionel Sanders, who came in first, and Mexico’s Francisco Serrano — the runner-up. U.S. athlete Nicholas Chase (St. Petersburg, Fla.) came in fifth, while Eric Lagerstrom (Portland, Ore.) took sixth.

Distance: 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.2-mile run

Elite Women’s Podium

1. Miranda Carfrae (AUS), 4:31:36

2. Ewa Komander (POL), 4:36:13

3. Adriana Carreno Cruz (MEX), 4:42:18

Elite Men’s Podium

1. Lionel Sanders (CAN), 3:44:06

2. Francisco Serrano (MEX), 3:54:01

3. Robbie Deckard (Boulder, Colo.), 3:54:36

 

Click here for complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Los Cabos.

IRONMAN Florida

After taking fourth at the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona a few weeks earlier, Ben Hoffman (Boulder, Colo.) landed on the podium in second place on Saturday at IRONMAN Florida in Panama City Beach. Hoffman turned in the fastest run in the history of the course on his way to silver.

Fellow American Andrew Starykowicz (Wauconda, Ill.) also had a great day, rounding out the podium in third. Great Britain’s Joe Skipper crossed the finish line two minutes ahead of Hoffman to break the overall course record and take the win.

Distance: 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run

Elite Men’s Podium

1. Joe Skipper (GBR), 7:46:28

2. Ben Hoffman (Boulder, Colo.), 7:48:29

3. Andrew Starykowicz (Wauconda, Ill.) 7:56:32

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Back in 2013 I lined up at ironman Florida, it was only my 3rd ironman triathlon. I think I ended up finishing in 10th place in 8 hours 17 minutes. I remember @tri_starky Victor del coral and Filip Osplay all finishing in under 8 hours with del coral setting the course record with a 2h37 marathon. All 3 of them were a class above that day and I wondered would I ever be able to do that. I was over 20 minutes behind and I thought I’ve got a long way to go if I’m to ever get to that level. So I’m over the moon to come back 6 years later and get pushed all the way by Starky and @bhoffmanracing to the win and answer that question that yes one day I will be able to race at that level and raise the bar with a new course record of 7h46 minutes. Thanks for the support and messages everyone, I appreciate it all and it really made me dig in knowing so many people were following back home!

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Click here for full results from IRONMAN Florida.