Sarah Haskins wins the 2011 St. Anthony’s Triathlon.
The St. Anthony’s triathlon has been a landmark Olympic distance race for years, but this year it switched from an independent to part of WTC’s 5150 series. Although the logos are slightly different this year, the quality of the field hasn’t changed and many of the best non-drafting short-coursers in the country, and a few from abroad, showed up in south Florida to race for prize money and points in the 5150 standings, with the hope of qualifying for the 2011 Hy-Vee 5150 US Championship later this summer.
The bay was surprisingly warm this year, so the athletes swam without wetsuits, and the swim was shortened by 500m due to wind and waves.
Filip Osplay and Sarah Haskins both beat strong fields to win the 2011 St. Anthony’s Triathlon-5150.
Sarah Groff, Sarah Haskins and Liz Blatchford broke away from the rest of the swimmers, and completed the shortened swim within footsteps of each other. They started the bike together, but Sarah Haskins broke the other two on the bike and earned a full minute over her closest chasers. Blatchford and Groff stayed close together though the flat but twisty 40k ride, and Alicia Kaye clawed her way back toward the pair. With Haskins clear up the road, Kaye, Groff and Blatchford started the run within sight of each other. It would have taken a spectacular run to catch the ITU star, but no one had the legs to catch Haskins. She has been struggling with injury over the past year, and this win proves that she is back on track heading into the Olympic qualifying season.
Blatchford pulled away from Groff to take second. Following Groff, Laurel Wassner turned in the day’s 3rd fastest run to earn 4th. 2010 USAT Collegiate National Champion Nicole Kelleher continues to improve and prove that she will soon be a force in the pro field by finishing 5th.
1. Sarah Haskins (USA) 1:52:28
2. Liz Blatchford (GBR) 1:53:07
3. Sarah Groff (USA) 1:53:34
4. Alicia Kaye (USA) 1:54:07
5. Anna Cleaver (NZL) 1:55:11
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