Both athletes finish second overall in USA Triathlon Twenty-12 Elite Race
AUSTIN, Texas (May 26, 2009) -- The second leg of the 2009 USA Triathlon Twenty-12 Elite Race Series is in the books, with U.S. athletes Kevin Collington and Hayley Peirsol each finishing second in their respective races at the ITU Austin Pan American Cup in Austin, Texas on Monday.
The races were part of the annual Capital of Texas Triathlon.
Kate McIlroy of New Zealand won the women's race in 1:56:04, edging Peirsol by 45 seconds. American Jenna Shoemaker got her second-straight podium and third of the year, finishing third in 1:57:49.
For Peirsol, it was sweet redemption after a bike crash forced her out of her first ITU style race last weekend at the PATCO Championship in Oklahoma City. And she once again proved that she is going to be one of the top swimmers on the international circuit for years to come. Peirsol exited the water first in 17-flat, gaining more than a minute on the next competitor and more than two minutes on McIlroy. She gave up some time on the bike and was unable to hold off the strong running Kiwi over the final 10k run.
Jennifer Spieldenner was the next American in fifth, finishing with a time of 2:01:11.
In the men's race, New Zealander Callum Millward was the overall winner, turning in a time of 1:43:17 to edge Collington by three seconds. Martin Van Barneveld of New Zealand was third in 1:43:45.
Collington and Millward were neck and neck for the entire race. They exited the water just one second apart, turned in the exact same time for T1, were four seconds apart after the 40k bike leg, and each ran the final 10k in 30:30.
Brian Fleischmann was the next American to finish, earning fifth place in 1:44:52.
ITU Pan American Cup
USAT Twenty-12 Elite Race
May 25, 2009
Men's Top Three
1. Callum Millward (NZL) 1:43:17
2. Kevin Collington (USA) 1:43:20
3. Martin Van Barneveld (NZL) 1:43:45
Women's Top Three
1. Kate McIlroy (NZL) 1:56:04
2. Hayley Peirsol (USA) 1:56:49
3. Jenna Shoemaker (USA) 1:57:49
See complete results of the CapTexTri USA Triathlon Twenty-12 Elite Series Race.
The USA Triathlon Twenty-12 Elite Series follows the highly successful four-year Haul to the Great Wall Series. Twenty-12 gives triathlon fans a chance to see athletes who are looking to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games. The series includes U.S. and international competitors, some who have competed in past Olympic Games and others who are beginning to make names for themselves on the international triathlon circuit.
2009 Twenty-12 Series Race Schedule
Boathouse International Triathlon
Location: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Date: May 16
Prize Purse: $30,000
Details: PATCO Championship
Top Three Finishers:
1. Matt Reed (USA) 1:52:23
2. Hunter Kemper (USA) 1:52:24
3. Tim O'Donnell (USA) 1:52:37
1. Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 2:05:35
2. Jenna Shoemaker (USA) 2:06:48
3. Jennifer Spieldenner (USA) 2:08:23
Location: Austin, Texas
Date: May 25
Prize Purse: $10,000
Date: June 27
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Prize Purse: $1,000,000
San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island
Date: July 11
Location: San Francisco, Calif.
Prize Purse: $20,000
Elite and U23 National Championship
Date: August 22
Location: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Prize Money: $30,000
Learn more and see current standings of the USA Triathlon Twenty-12 Elite Race Series.
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the national governing body for triathlon - the fastest growing sport in the U.S. - as well as duathlon, aquathlon and winter triathlon in the United States. USAT sanctions 2,500 races and connects with more than 115,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USAT provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including World Championships, Pan American Games, and the Olympic Games.