USA Triathlon’s Shoemaker, Haskins Log Top-10 Finishes in Seoul
SEOUL, South Korea – USA Triathlon National Team standouts Jarrod Shoemaker and Sarah Haskins recorded top-10 finishes to lead a group of 11 Americans in action at the second stop of the 2010 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series Saturday.
A 2008 Olympian, Shoemaker (Maynard, Mass.) rebounded from a flat tire last month in Sydney to grab an eighth-place finish in 1 hour, 52 minutes, 43 seconds, which was just 15 seconds out of a top-five showing. Also an Olympian in Beijing, Haskins (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was 10th in 2:02:02 for her second consecutive top-10 finish. She currently sits eighth in the series standings with 861 points after two races.
On the women’s side, Jillian Petersen (St. Louis, Mo.) joined Haskins in the top 15 with a time of 2:02:48, which was good for 15th. Alicia Kaye (Maynard, Mass.), who is Shoemaker’s wife, finished 25th in 2:05:22 in her first race for Team USA. Petersen is 16th in the series standings.
After finishing ninth in Sydney, Matt Chrabot (Colorado Springs, Colo.) grabbed a second straight top-20 finish with a time of 1:53:42 to place 19th. Mark Fretta (Portland, Ore.) and Chris Foster (Redondo Beach, Calif.) also finished in the top 30 at 24th and 27th, respectively.
After two races, Chrabot is the top American male and ranks 12th overall in the series standings with 626 points. The seven-stop WCS is a key proving group for the United States’ top triathletes hoping for a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.
Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf closed with a furious sprint to take the women’s race in 2:00:59. Hayley Peirsol (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Haskins were two-thirds of the lead group out of the water. By lap three of the bike, a lead pack of 19 formed, and nearly 30 women entered T2 together. Haskins remained in the top 10 for most of the run before eventually finishing 10th. Click here for a full recap of the women’s race from ITU.
Germany’s Jan Frodeno, the 2008 Olympic champion, outdueled Australia’s Courtney Atkinson on the run to win the men’s race in 1:51:49. Both closed with a 29:08 10-kilometer run split. Chrabot was one of the leaders out of the water, and a group of 57 men rode together for much of the bike. Fretta took a turn up front, but the group entered T2 tightly bunched. Shoemaker closed with a 29:48 10k to secure his eighth-place finish. Click here for a full recap of the men’s race from ITU.
The WCS now heads to Europe with June stop in Madrid up next. The series culminates with the Grand Final in Budapest in September. Visit wcs.triathlon.org for full series details.
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