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Karl Bodine, Lesley Paterson Take San Diego Tri Titles

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2008 Olympian Julie Ertel also fares well at the San Diego International Triathlon, placing second among the women.

Two-year-old Elizabeth Bordine had the best seat in the house Sunday for her father’s finish at the Father Joe’s San Diego International Triathlon.

Hitching a ride atop her father Karl’s shoulders, “Eli,” as her family calls her, needed to be instructed on the art of raising her arms in victory, but she flashed a winning smile as dad and daughter crossed the finish line together at Seaport Village.

“I was just going to stop and give her a kiss,” said Karl Bordine, a Carlsbad resident. “But with the big lead I had, I thought I’d pick her up and carry her in with me.”

Despite being a bit top heavy at the end, Bordine managed to score his first win in three tries at the San Diego International Triathlon, now in its 28th year. After making a strong move on the bike to pass early leader Erik Nau, Bordine held his lead on the run and finished in a time of 1 hour, 32 minutes, 14 seconds for the course that includes a 1-kilometer swim, 30K bike and 10K run.

In the women’s pro race, Scottish transplant Lesley Paterson of San Diego repeated as champion, pulling away from 2009 champion Rachel Challis at the beginning of the run and cruising to a two-minute victory over Julie Ertel.

“I’m definitely tired,” said Paterson, who shaved 39 seconds of her winning mark of a year ago with a time of 1:36:02. “I’m ready for a midseason break.”

Paterson made her winning move on the run, but Bordine made his big move in the later stages of the bike during the downhill section of Point Loma when he blew past Nau. By the time Bordine exited the bike transition to the run, he had a 35-second lead.

Read more: North County Times