Haskins Scores Win at St. Anthony’s
American stars Matt Reed and Sarah Haskins defeated top international fields to take home $10,000 apiece today at the 25th anniversary St. Anthony’s Triathlon in St. Petersburg.
After two straight second place finishes at St. Anthony’s, Haskins finally stole center stage with wire-to-wire win in 1:59:24 finish that gave her a 70-second margin of victory over fellow U.S. pro Rebeccah Wassner and a definitive 2 minutes 28 seconds margin over the third place finisher, Ironman 70.3 World Champion Mirinda Carfrae of Australia.
“It’s a different style of racing than last week’s ITU draft-legal Olympic Trials,” said Haskins of the non-drafting format at St. Anthony’s. “I just wanted to enjoy the day and have fun. So it was nice to finally get over the hump and stand on top of the podium.”
Haskins’ best-of-the-day 19:39 swim gave her a minute lead on Wassner, 2006 champion Becky Lavelle, and Julie Dibens, and two minutes on long course stares Carfrae and McGlone. Haskins’ fifth-best 1:01:34 bike held even with Wassner, McGlone and Lavelle, while putting a minute on Carfrae and Dibens. At the final transition, Haskins had a 55 second lead.
Then Haskins’ race-best 35:56 run sealed the deal, outpacing Wassner by 11 seconds, Carfrae by 16 seconds, and McGlone by 26 seconds.
“The water was choppy and my swim time was off from last year,” said Haskins, whose swim was 96 seconds slower than last year and her bike 9 seconds slower, but whose run was 30 seconds quicker for a finish 1 minute 36 seconds slower than her second place time last year.
Haskins’ win gave her a measure of satisfaction after losing a duel with Tuscaloosa winner Julie Ertel for the second U.S. women’s Olympic slot a week ago. After all, Haskins holds a commanding points lead going into the final Olympic Trials qualifier at Des Moines in June.
But Wassner’s runner-up finish ahead of certified stars like Carfrae, McGlone, Lavelle and Julie Dibens must have been even sweeter redemption after the 33-year-old New Yorker’s disappointing 10th place finish at Tuscaloosa.
“Rebeccah had a great performance today,” said Haskins. “This was more like her win at the Philadelphia Triathlon last year.”