Team USA Earns 49 ITU Duathlon World Medals

by Peter Holmes on 30 Sep, 2009 05:55 • EspaƱol

Members of Team USA took home 49 medals from the 2009 ITU Duathlon World Championship at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Saturday.

The total includes 13 gold, 18 silver and 18 bronze medals as USA athletes swept gold, silver and bronze in five different age groups.

The weather was rainy all day, but the mist that was present for the elites early in the day turned into downpours as the age groupers took to the course in the afternoon. That didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of the more than 750 competitors from across the globe, including more than 400 U.S. athletes.

Lowe’s Speedway provided a unique setting for the event. Athletes started the 10k run on the track’s start/finish line, made their way onto pit row and out into the streets surrounding the stadium. Portions of the 40k bike actually circled the track and cut through the infield, with the final 5k run bringing athletes back to the finish along pit row.

Two U.S. athletes produced the day’s fastest times overall. Team USA veteran Suzanne Huelster (Riverton, N.J.) turned in a 1:57:09 for the women, while Matthew Sheeks (Woodlinville, Wash.) led the men home in 1:43:30.

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Related Event: 2009 Concord ITU Duathlon World Championships
26 Sep, 2009 • event pageall results
Results: U23 Women
1. Evgenia Sukhoruchenkova RUS 02:09:04
2. Kinga Lauf HUN 02:23:21
Results: U23 Men
1. Alessandro Fabian ITA 01:49:50
2. Antoine Duvivier BEL 01:50:03
3. Tiago Silva POR 01:50:07
4. Bojan Cebin SLO 01:50:08
5. Derek Oskutis USA 01:50:42
6. Masaaki Kurihara JPN 01:50:59
7. Joao Silva POR 01:51:02
8. Andrea Secchiero ITA 01:56:45
9. Alexander Schilling GER 01:57:56
10. Jun Tanaka JPN 01:58:37
Results: Junior Women
1. Sophie Coleman GBR 01:04:30
2. Vicky Graves GBR 01:04:42
3. Marjon Van Der Wansem NED 01:04:49
4. Adriana Barraza MEX 01:05:08
5. Jessica Cecilia Berrones MEX 01:07:32
6. Andrea Barraza MEX 01:07:43
7. Kate Buss USA 01:09:53
8. Katie June USA 01:10:35
9. Katherine Shields USA 01:13:14
10. Emily Shields USA 01:14:44
Results: Junior Men
1. Lukas Verzbicas USA 00:55:29
2. Mario Mola ESP 00:55:38
3. Carlos Chavez MEX 00:55:59
4. Vid Pucelj SLO 00:56:03
5. Nathan Coombes NZL 00:56:04
6. Nick Rennie NZL 00:56:42
7. Oscar Vicente ESP 00:57:37
8. Jorge Naranjo Vichot ESP 00:57:45
9. Taylor Reid CAN 00:57:45
10. Cuahutemoc Martinez MEX 00:57:56
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