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Hunter Kemper Named Olympic Athlete Of The Week

Kemper’s fourth career World Cup win and his first since 2005 earns him Athlete of the Week honor by USA TODAY.

Hunter Kemper ran away with the Ishigaki ITU Triathlon World Cup.

The three-time Olympian and national team member emerged from the water 15 seconds off the pace and was 50 seconds behind the leaders off the bike. Kemper (with Spaniard Ivan Rana) caught up on the first lap of the run, then he took off and took the lead to the finish line

“It’s my second race of the year, and it feels good to win in Ishigaki. It’s a beautiful place,” said Kemper. “I’ve had injuries for the past two years — it’s been very difficult since Beijing in 2008, and this is my first World Cup win in a while. So it feels good to be back on top of the podium and win here in Ishigaki in front of the Japanese people, who have dealt with so much the past month or six weeks. It feels good to celebrate, even if just for a few hours.”

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