SNOWY MOUNTAINS, Australia -- Off-road elite and age-group triathletes from the United States picked up three medals and one world title at the 2016 Snowy Mountains ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships on Friday and Saturday.
Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) was the top U.S. elite finisher in second, logging the fastest run of the day to finish in 2 hours, 37 minutes, 43 seconds on the 1,500-meter swim, 32.8-kilometer mountain bike, 10-kilometer trail run course. Ruben Ruzafa of Spain won with a time of 2:34:25. New Zealand's Braden Currie was third in 2:38:14.
"I wanted to finish the season with a good race," Middaugh said. "Ruben was on another level today; he's just amazing on those corners, and there was no matching that. Second place - I was pretty happy."
Suzanne Snyder (Fredericksburg, Va.) turned in the fastest time for the U.S. elite women, finishing in 3:05:45 for third place. Bermuda's Flora Duffy, the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Series champion, had the fastest time for the women in 2:54:11 while Barbara Riveros (CHI) was second in 2:58:05.
On the age-group side, J. Alan Moore (Ada, Mich.) led Team USA with a world title in the men's 65-69 division, finishing in 3:44:52. Age-groupers completed a 1,500m swim, 30k bike and 10k run course.
Age-group athletes qualified for a spot on Team USA at the 2015 USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championships in Birmingham, Ala., and via the USA Triathlon rankings system. For more information on Team USA, visit usatriathlon.org/teamusa.
2016 Snowy Mountains ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships
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(1,500m swim, 32.8k mountain bike for elites/30k for age-groupers, 10k trail run)
1. Ruben Ruzafa (ESP), 2:34:25
2. Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.), 2:37:43
3. Braden Currie (NZL), 2:38:14
9. Branden Rakita (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 2:47:45
10. Brian Smith (Gunnison, Colo.), 2:47:53
1. Flora Duffy (BER), 2:54:11
2. Barabara Riveros (CHI), 2:58:05
3. Suzanne Snyder (Fredericksburg, Va.), 3:05:45
8. Catherine Sterling (Cataumet, Mass.), 3:15:36
United States Age Group Medalist
1. J. Alan Moore (Ada, Mich.), 3:44:52
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