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Suzie Snyder Takes Tagaman Triathlon Title

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American pro pulls off surprise win in Saipan.

For the second straight year, the 2011 Tagaman Triathlon had a surprise winner in the women’s division.

Suzie Snyder stunned the favored triathletes in Saturday’s race, as she emerged the top female finisher in the two-kilometer swim leg, 60K bike race, and 15K run after clocking in at three hours, 20 minutes, and 41 seconds.

The U.S. pro finished ahead of Renata Bucher, Carina Wasle, and 2010 champion Dan Bi Hong and surprised herself with her victory.

β€œI love doing mountain bike races and trail runs, but to my surprise I usually finished better in road races,” said Snyder, who was fourth in the swim leg in the women’s division and 11th overall with her 29:40, behind against three Koreans, including Hong.

The American triathlete then grabbed the lead at the halfway mark of the bike race. She timed in at 1:44:17 in the bike leg (seventh best) and submitted 1:04:16 (eighth fastest) in the run portion.

β€œIt was a good race for me, I love the weather, it was cold and windy,” Snyder said.

Read More: Saipan Tribune