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Weekend Notebook: Von Berg Podiums at IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship

By Nick Hehemann, USA Triathlon | Sept. 09, 2019, 5:12 p.m. (ET)

Banyoles ITU Triathlon World Cup

Tamara Gorman is getting used to standing on the podium for Team USA. Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.), a rising star in the sport at just 23-years-old, earned a silver medal Saturday at the Banyoles ITU Triathlon World Cup in Spain. It’s her third individual podium finish in World Cup races this year and fourth medal overall in the past month, after winning silver at the Karlovy Vary World Cup and being a part of two bronze-medal-winning mixed relay teams at the Tokyo ITU World Olympic Qualification Event and the ITU U23-Junior Mixed Relay World Championships.

Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) also impressed for the U.S., coming in fourth place. Germany’s Laura Lindemann broke the tape, while Bermuda’s Flora Duffy rounded out the podium in third.

Eli Hemming was the highest U.S. finisher on the men’s side, coming in 12th. France’s Vincent Luis earned the victory, Spain’s Mario Mola earned silver in his home country and Hungary’s Bence Bicsák came in third.

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

Elite Women’s Podium

1. Laura Lindemann (GER), 55:38

2. Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.), 55:52

3. Flora Duffy (BER), 55:55

Elite Men’s Podium

1. Vincent Luis (FRA), 49:58

2. Mario Mola (ESP), 50:01

3. Bence Bicsák (HUN), 50:18

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

Banyoles ITU Paratriathlon World Cup

Melissa Stockwell (Chicago, Ill.) was back to racing and back to the podium Sunday at the ITU Paratriathlon World Cup in Banyoles, winning a gold medal in the women’s PTS2 division. After being left of the start list for the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships a week earlier, she broke the tape in Spain for her second World Cup gold medal of the season.

In total, four U.S. paratriathletes reached the podium. Elizabeth Baker (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) and Amy Dixon (Encinitas, Calif.) took silver and bronze respectively in the women’s PTVI division, while Brad Snyder (Baltimore, Md.) won bronze in the men’s PTVI division.

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

PTS2 Women

1. Melissa Stockwell (Chicago, Ill.), 1:21:26

2. Yukako Hata (JPN), 1:22:14

3. Veronica Yoko Plebani (ITA), 1:24:20

PTVI Women

1. Anna Barbaro (ITA), 1:11:04

2. Elizabeth Baker (Signal Mountain, Tenn.), 1:11:39

3. Amy Dixon (Encinitas, Calif.), 1:14:13


1. Héctor Catalá Laparra (ESP), 59:51

2. Arnaud Grandjean (FRA), 1:00:02

3. Brad Snyder (Baltimore, Md.), 1:00:18

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A few more pictures because I’m still smiling this big on such a high from this morning. I’m sure I will be for a few days. And also because I feel the need to explain why this was so important on my road to Tokyo. Last week I hoped of competing at world championships. I didn’t get onto the start list because I was over the quota of 2 athletes per country. I was hoping for an invite because my ranking was higher than some athletes on the starting list but that didn’t happen. I controlled what I could by going to the race in hopes someone would drop out and I would get in. I waited by the race start until an hour before the race when I had to walk away discouraged, knowing I was missing out on valuable points. The silver lining to that was getting to cheer on my amazing @teamusa teammates along the course. The World Cup today in Banyoles was always the plan, whether or not I raced at Worlds. But after not racing last weekend this one became more important. While it was a World Cup race with less points and some of the most competitive athletes in my class were not there (to include my training partners Allyssa and Hailey) I competed against and beat some of the girls who raced at World Championships last weekend. But regardless of the points, this win proved to myself (and hopefully others) that I deserve to be on the starting list for bigger races in the future. And in my mind, proving to myself I should be there wasn’t just a win, but a double win. So yeah, I’m happy. A double happy because I get to see my kids tomorrow. And as always, thanks to you all for the cheers and support on this journey. ❤️ And an extra thanks to @tzaferes for capturing the best moments on 📸.

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BRONZE MEDALIST!! I am so so happy to end my season on a high note here in @worldtriathlon Banyoles World Cup . Today I finally had a race that went to plan. Fastest swim of the race, a solid hard bike, and my fastest run in 3 years (also second fastest run of the day!). PROGRESS! Thank you to @tricoachdavis for guiding and pacing me to a result I can be ecstatic with. And now? HOME! Best four letter word I’ve heard this week. Other than maybe vino and tapa! 😉 #podium #teamusa @usatriathlon @usaparatriathlon @roka @womenssportsfoundation @ymcasandiego @wahoofitnessofficial @bianchi_usa @calfeedesign @teamtoyota @cafoundation @tailwindnutrition #progressnotperfection #keepmovingforward thank you to my coach @michellie_jones for pushing me to new levels. I BELIEVE!

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When you board your flight home from Spain to see that you are number FOUR in the world ITU #tokyo2020 #paralympic rankings today. 🏁❤️ This means I will officially be a member of the @usaparatriathlon National Team for the 4th year! I am so so grateful to my guides @kirsten_sass and @tricoachdavis , my coach @michellie_jones , my amazing team of physios, doctors and sponsors who keep me going every month on this bumpy journey. This does NOT mean I have a slot yet for Tokyo. Points qualification ends June 2020. Top 9 world ranked and only two per country get a slot if in the top 9. Let’s pray for a good healthy off season and a great start in Australia, Abu Dhabi, Milan, Florida and more next winter. Best news of the year. #loveandgratitude #hardworkworks #progressnotperfection #focusontheprocess #bethebestatgettingbetter #keepmovingforward @roka @ymcasandiego @cafoundation @womenssportsfoundation @scrippshealth @wahoofitnessofficial @bianchi_usa @garmin and thank you @tzaferes for capturing some of the most special moments of our lives as athletes! 📸

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For complete results from the Banyoles ITU Paratriathlon World Cup, click here.

IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship

Rudy Von Berg (Boulder, Colo.) represented the U.S. with a bronze medal at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France, on Sunday. The American finished the 1.9k swim, 90k bike and 21.1k run course in three hours, 56 minutes and 45 seconds to land on the podium. Norway’s Gustav Iden broke the tape, while Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee came in second. Ben Kanute was the next-highest U.S. finisher on the day, placing 10th.

Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf got the gold on the women’s side, while Great Britain’s Holly Lawrence and Imogen Simmonds of Switzerland rounded out the podium in second and third. USA’s Chelsea Sodaro (Poway, Calif.) took fourth.

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

Elite Men’s Podium

1. Gustav Iden (NOR), 3:52:35

2. Alistair Brownlee (GBR), 3:55:19

3. Rudy Von Berg (Boulder, Colo.), 3:56:45

Elite Women’s Podium

1. Daniela Ryf (CHE), 4:23:04

2. Holly Lawrence (GBR), 4:27:02

3. Imogen Simmonds (CHE), 4:28:10  

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WORLD CHAMPION!! 📷:@trimaxmag for @ironmantri

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4TH IN THE WORLD! First American 🇺🇸 Really proud of my effort out there and for fighting until the end. What an honor to mix it up with the best women in the world. Wow. That was tough. When you have a world class team behind you magical things are possible. One of the best decisions I’ve made is to start working with @purplepatchfitness last year. Matt Dixon and his whole team have built me up as an athlete and human. I’m so proud to represent @bmcvifittri - @bendewolf1 and Stefano Cattai were massive in supporting me these past few days with getting my bike dialed. And to @oh_lord @creidfitness and @spiampiano - so much gratitude for you. And the biggest shout out goes to my Mom and Steve for putting up with me and my pre-race nerves this past week. I’ve been a real treat. 😬 I’ll be back for more. 📸 @ginesdiaz

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Click here for complete results from the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.

IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Cruz

Americans won four medals at IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Cruz on Sunday. Jason West (Boulder, Colo.) led the way by breaking the tape in the men’s race. Fellow U.S. athlete Justin Metzler, also of Boulder, Colo., took third and Germany’s Andi Boecherer got the silver.

On the women’s side, Americans Skye Moench (Holladay, Utah) and Heather Jackson (Bend, Ore.) came in second and third, respectively. Sarah Crowley of Australia edged Moench by a little over a minute for the win.

Distance: 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run

Elite Men’s Podium

1. Jason West (Boulder, Colo.), 3:48:23

2. Andi Boecherer (GER), 3:51:03

3. Justin Metzler (Boulder, Colo.), 3:51:09

Elite Women’s Podium

1. Sarah Crowley (AUS), 4:09:04

2. Skye Moench (Holladay, Utah), 4:10:23

3. Heather Jackson (Bend, Ore.), 4:14:03

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Just a step behind all day long😹😹😹😹🙈🙈🙈 (and when i got the cork off I apparently nailed Wattie in the face🙈😹 #truelove) Stoked to make it on the podium with these two- HUGE congrats @sarah_stan_crowley and @skyemoench for amazing races🙌🏻 It was awesome to get to have a run battle with @littlemetztri the whole run and push each other back and forth... and as always- in awe @laurenbbrandon of the fish you are🙌🏻 A huge congrats to the rest of the pro women, all other racers (that was a hard one w/ the crazy winds!!! so congrats to all!) and such a huge thank you to everyone out there cheering and supporting and volunteering🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 You were amazing and the support is MUCH appreciated. Thank you as always to my incredible sponsors, my ❤️ @wattieink for everything you do😘, my sister @biffsterjackson John and Scout for hosting us🤗, @fleshmanflyer and @runlittlewing for the great training leading in, and to everyone for all the wonderful messages of continued support - thank you! @wattieink and I continue our road trip to Tucson tomorrow for the final block before Kona... excited to lock in with Corbies in the desert 🌵☀️who appears to have crushed it today- yayyyy @linseycorbin 🤓 Thank you to everyone for your continued support!❤️

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For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Cruz, click here.

Major League Triathlon Avon Pro Mixed Relay

Major League Triathlon was back this weekend for the first pro mixed relay of 2019, as pro triathletes raced in Avon, Colorado, as part of the 970 AvonFest Endurance weekend.

In the exciting team triathlon format that will debut as a medal event at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the Carolina Gliders got the victory. The four-person squad of Megan Foley (Salt Lake City, Utah), Kurt McDonald (AUS), Mary Alex England (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Clayton Hutchins (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) broke the tape just 25 seconds ahead of the Guardianes De Guadalajara. The Colorado Peaks rounded out the podium in third.

Distance: (4x) 300-meter swim, 4-mile bike, 1-mile run


1. Carolina Gliders (Megan Foley, Kurt McDonald, Mary Alex England, Clayton Hutchins), 1:14:53

2. Guardianes De Guadalajara (Mercedes Romero, Aram Penaflor, Vanesa De La Torre, Abraham Rodríguez), 1:15:18

3. Colorado Peaks (Marrisa Ferrante, Alec Wilimnovsky, Bria Edwards, Michael Arishita), 1:15:27

Click here for the full results from the pro mixed relay race at Major League Triathlon Avon.

XTERRA Pan American Championship

Branden Rakita (Colorado Springs, Colo.) led the U.S. with a bronze medal at the XTERRA Pan American Championship on Saturday at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah. Rakita conquered the grueling 1.5k swim, 30k mountain bike and 10k trail run course in 2:34:23 to hit the podium.

Fellow American Mike Meehan (Boulder, Colo.) just missed the podium in fourth place. Sam Osborne of New Zealand got the victory, while Canada’s Karsten Madsen came in second.

Julie Baker (Sorona, Calif.) was the highest U.S. finisher in the women’s division, finishing just 29 seconds off the podium in fourth. Fellow Americans Suzie Snyder (Reno, Nev.) and Maia Ignatz (Boulder, Colo.) came in fifth and sixth, respectively.

Great Britain’s Lesley Paterson broke the tape, followed across the line by New Zealand’s Samantha Kingsford and Mexico’s Fabiola Corona.

Distance: 1.5k swim, 30k mountain bike, 10k trail run

Elite Women’s Podium

1. Lesley Paterson (GBR), 2:55:10

2. Samantha Kingsford (NZL), 2:56:48

3. Fabiola Corona (MEX), 3:04:03

Elite Men’s Podium

1. Sam Osborne (NZL), 2:28:38

2. Karsten Madsen (CAN), 2:32:06

3. Branden Rakita (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 2:34:23

Click here for the full results from the XTERRA Pan American Championship.