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Americans Cameron Dye and Sarah Haskins took early-season wins at the St. Anthony’s triathlon against tough fields on both the men’s and women’s side. Both podiums were made up of Americans and Australians, with Greg Bennett (AUS) and Craig Alexander (AUS) rounding out the podium for the men, and Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) and Jillian Petersen (USA) finishing second and third for the women.
American Dustin McLarty led the men into T1 with a swim time of 18:29, but he had several men right behind him. Dye, Great Britain’s Stuart Hayes, American Kyle Leto, American Brian Fleischmann and American Matt Reed all completed the 1500-meter swim in less than 19 minutes. Dye paired the strong swim with an equally strong bike ride, surging to the lead and heading into T2 in the lead. American Andrew Starykowicz posted the fastest bike split of the day and went onto the run in second. Although Dye only posted the seventh fastest run split of the day, his lead was enough to narrowly give him the victory at 1:48:44. Bennett was the fastest runner of the day, posting a 31:46 10km for second place at 1:49:04. Alexander proved his speed applies beyond the marathon distance, and ran his way to third for a time of 1:49:14.
American Sarah Haskins found the lead position right away, exiting the water in first at 19:38. Fellow American Laura Bennett was second into T1. Bennett and the remaining chase pack worked hard to catch Haskins, but she was long gone. Haskins turned in a bike split of 1:00:47 to head onto the run with a significant lead. Petersen and Carfrae started the run in second and third respectively. Carfrae found her way to second and looked for Haskins, but the 10km run did not leave enough real estate to catch her. Haskins was the only women to go under two hours, taking the win in 1:58:49. Carfrae posted the fastest 10km time of the women at 34:55 for second place at 2:00:20. Petersen held onto third at 2:00:35.
St. Anthony’s Triathlon
April 25, 2010 – St. Petersburg, Florida
1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run
1. Cameron Dye (USA) 1:48:44
2. Greg Bennett (AUS) 1:49:04
3. Craig Alexander (AUS) 1:49:14
4. Stuart Hayes (GBR) 1:50:50
5. Matthew Reed (USA) 1:51:13
1. Sarah Haskins (USA) 1:58:49
2. Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 2:00:20
3. Jillian Petersen (USA) 2:00:35
4. Jodie Stimpson (GBR) 2:01:44
5. Laura Bennett (USA) 2:02:16
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