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Matthew Russell Wins USAT Duathlon Champs.; Axemann Wins Women’s Division

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Matthew Russell and Angela Axemann claimed Elite Division victories at the 2011 USAT Duathlon National Championships in Tucson/Oro Valley, Ariz., on Saturday, April 30. More than 580 athletes from 46 states competed in sunny, 70-degree conditions with light wind.

The slightly hilly course consisted of a 5K run, 35K bike and another 5K run. The day’s weather was an improvement over the day before, during which bike check-in was cancelled due to high winds.

The top finishers qualify for the ITU Short-course Duathlon World Championships, Sept. 24-25 in Gijon, Spain.

Results:

Elite Division

Men’s Elite

1 Matthew Russell 1:22:38

2 Lionel Sanders 1:25:23 (CAN)

3 Justin Hurd 1:25:54

4 Joshua Merrick 1:26:16

5 Henry Hagenbuch 1:26:58

Women’s Elite

1 Nicole Laselle 1:36:08

2 Marisa Asplund 1:37:42

3 Courtenay Brown 1:39:25

4 Rachel Chambers 1:42:56

5 Anne Curi Preisig 1:44:53

Men’s Overall

1 Dave Slavinski 1:26:14

2 Jesson Baumgartner 1:26:34

3 Eneas Freyre 1:27:03

4 Jacob Rhyner 1:28:29

5 Joshua Hicks 1:28:42

Women’s Overall

1 Gail Kattouf 1:37:00

2 Kara Middendorf 1:39:30

3 Jolene Wilkinson 1:40:28

4 Lisa Mueller 1:40:34

5 Kirsten Chapman 1:40:39