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Though the opportunities to showcase strength at non-drafting, Olympic-distance racing has become minimal for professional triathletes, it was two familiar names who took the victories at Sunday’s St. Anthony’s Triathlon in St. Petersburg, Fla. Americans Cameron Dye and Sarah Haskins have had great success at this triathlon format in the past and, despite being forced to train for and race at the longer distance half-iron triathlons, showed they still have the speed to win on the shorter course and each took home $10,000 as part of the $50,000 overall prize purse.
Dye posted the second-fastest swim (18:21) and fastest bike (1:11:33) of the race and then held off the faster runners to take the victory in 1:46:46. Russia’s Ivan Tutukin posted the fastest 10K run split (32:34) to finish in the runner-up spot. American Rudolphe Von Berg was in the mix all day and finished in third at 1:48:14.
“The run was as nice as it’s ever been. No one was behind me on the turn so I knew I had it because before, when I’ve been caught, it was halfway on the run,” said Dye who has competed here nine times and finished first at St. Anthony’s a total of three times. “The water was the flattest ever and there was not a single bump all the way. This race is fantastic. Other than Boulder, it feels like I have home field advantage here.”
Haskins battled with another short-course all-star Alicia Kaye (USA) all day, gaining the slight advantage on the 10K run to earn the victory. Haskins put together a 19:22 swim, 1:00:44 bike and 36:48 run to break the tape at 1:58:31. Kaye finished a close second at 1:58:54. American Lauren Goss rounded out the top three at 2:02:11. Three-time Ironman world champion Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) mixed it up with the short-course stars, crossing in fourth at 2:02:20.
“I exited the bike with Alicia and we ran together for the first half of the run,” Haskins said after the race. “At mile 3.5, I surged and slowly increased my gap over the last few miles. I was very happy to break the tape for the sixth time. St. Anthony’s is one of my all-time favorite races.”
St. Anthony’s Triathlon
St. Petersburg, Fla. – April 24, 2016
1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run
1. Cameron Dye (USA) 1:46:46
2. Ivan Tutukin (RUS) 1:47:25
3. Rudolphe Von Berg (USA) 1:48:14
4. Tim O’Donnell (USA) 1:48:18
5. Mark Bowstead (NZL) 1:49:01
6. Tyler Butterfield (BER) 1:49:13
7. James Hadley (USA) 1:49:21
8. Sam Appleton (AUS) 1:50:11
9. Davide Giardini (ITA) 1:51:21
10. Brian Fleischmann (USA) 1:53:35
1. Sarah Haskins (USA) 1:58:31
2. Alicia Kaye (USA) 1:58:54
3. Lauren Goss (USA) 2:02:11
4. Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 2:02:20
5. Jennifer Spieldenner (CAN) 2:03:03
6. Kaitlin Donner (USA) 2:03:46
7. Heather Lendway (USA) 2:04:20
8. Jillian Petersen (USA) 2:06:11
9. Laura Bennett (USA) 2:06:50
10. Ashley Clifford (USA) 2:07:47