Two-minute ticker: A quick recap of ITU, Ironman, Xterra and Challenge racing from the weekend

TriathlonWorld.com provides a quick recap of this past weekend's ITU WTS Grand Final and Ironman, Challenge and Xterra series races in Wales, Spain and the USA.

| September 18, 2016 | NEWS

ITU Women\'s WTS Grand Final in Cozumel, Mexico

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Event: ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel - Women

Duffy dominates in Mexico

Bermuda’s Flora Duffy hammered the bike in hot and humid conditions in Cozumel, winning the race and securing her place in history as the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Series Champion. The world title is the first WTS crown Duffy has scored, as well as the first time Bermuda has topped the World Championship podium.

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Women's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Duffy, Flora

BER

1:57:59

2

Jorgensen, Gwen

USA

1:59:16

3

McShane, Charlotte

AUS

1:59:55

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Event: ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel - Men

Schoeman takes the win while Brownlees drag, push and pull their way into second and third finishes

While South Africa's Henri Schoeman was triumphantly hoisting the finish line banner over his head a stumbling Jonthan Brownlee was assisted by his brother Alistair, who pushed him over the finish line for a second place finish.

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Men's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Schoeman, RSA

RSA

1:46:50

3

Brownlee, Jonathan

GBR

1:47:08

3

Brownlee, Alistair

GBR

1:47:08

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Event: Ironman Wales

Ironman Wales 2016 | Philip Graves grabs the lead early on the bike at Ironman Wales.

Philip Graves grabs the lead early on the bike at Ironman Wales.

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Duelsen and Roberts leave until late in the run to make decisive moves

Phillip Graves looked like he had the race well in hand after leading from early in the bike and carrying a five-minute advantage heading out on the run. Graves' bubble was burst with 7 km’s remaining in the run when Germany's Marc Duelsen caught up to the Brit. Duelsen had erased all of a seven-minute deficit from the start of the marathon and jumped into the lead on the strength of the only sub-three-hour run on the day. Graves kept the race close until the end, but Duelsen’s leg speed was rewarded with his first Ironman win.

France’s Jeanne Collonge looked like she had a solid hold on the lead heading out on the run in Pembrokeshire. Way back in fifth after the bike leg was was Darbi Roberts. The American was looking at a 12-minute gap to the leader. Someone forgot to tell Roberts that she had no chance as she started out strong on the run and started picking off those in front of her. It was no easy pickings for Roberts as she was well over four minutes in arrears with only 12 km to go. At the next time check 2 km later, Roberts had clawed back a full minute. Now it wasn’t a question of “if” Roberts was going to catch the leader, it was a question of “when.” The answer came within the final 5 km when Roberts made the pass and ran her way to her first Ironman win.  

Men's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Duelsen, Marc

DEU

9:01:39

2

Graves, Philip

GBR

9:02:56

3

Baldwin, Nick

SYC

9:07:22

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Women's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Roberts, Darbi

USA

10:00:17

2

Collonge, Jeanne

FRA

10:02:44

3

Bartlett, Nikki

GBR

10:09:15

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Event: XTERRA Pan American Championship

XTERRA Ogden | Josiah Middaugh out-stretched Braden Currie at the finish line to take the win by 7/100th of a second and win the inaugural XTERRA Pan America Championship.

Josiah Middaugh out-stretched Braden Currie at the finish line to take the win by 7/100th of a second and win the inaugural XTERRA Pan America Championship.

Photo >XTERRA

Middaugh and Synder grab wins and seal series titles

Josiah Middaugh out-stretched Braden Currie at the finish line to take the win by 7/100ths of a second to win the inaugural XTERRA Pan America Championship race on a beautiful day at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah on Saturday. It’s the closest finish in XTERRA’s 21-year-history, 2:20:23.57 to 2:20:23.64.

“I don’t think it could have gotten any closer than that,” said Middaugh, the reigning XTERRA World Champion from Eagle-Vail, Colorado who finished 26-seconds ahead of Currie at the USA Championship held on this same course last year.

For Suzie Snyder the win in Ogden on Saturday put an exclamation point on a superb season that included five wins and the XTERRA Pan America Championship race and XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series titles. Snyder capped her season-ending win by putting it to the field early into the bike and building a buffer on the field of over five minutes heading into T2. Synder's solid run put her stamp on the race, and the series, with her three-minute winning margin.

Men's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Middaugh, Josiah

USA

2:20:33

2

Currie, Braden

NZL

2:20:23

3

Griffin, Leon

AUS

2:24:10

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Women's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Snyder, Suzsie

USA

2:51:51

2

Orchard, Lizzie

NZL

2:54:51

3

Baker, Julie

USA

2:57:57

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Event: Challenge Mogan Gran Canaria

Steger and Bilham special in Spain

Thomas Steger was looking at a three-minute deficit off the bike to Kung Manuel on the scenic Canary Island on Saturday. It took the Austrian close to 10 km to bridge the gap to Manuel and Steger didn’t waste time taking control of the race up front. He hoisted the finish line banner over his head in 4:14:25, a comfortable 1:51 before Manuel, who captured second.

There was much less drama in the women’s race. Emma Bilham got out of the water with the lead group of women and that would be as close as the women’s race would be for the remainder of the day. Coming off the bike, Bilham enjoyed a three-minute advantage on her closest rival and padded he lead by another five-minutes on the run to take the win in 4:42:30.

Men's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Steger, Thomas

AUT

4:14:25

2

Manuel, Kung

CHE

4:16:16

3

Passuello, Domenico

ITA

4:18:22

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Women's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Bilham, Emma

CHE

4:42:30

2

Frades Larradle, Gurutze

ESP

4:50:13

3

Loehr Munoz, Sara

ESP

4:55:11

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