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Top Short-Course Triathlon Stars Set To Race At St. Anthony’s

  • By Liz Hichens
  • Published Apr 21, 2010

Some of the world’s top triathletes will head to St. Petersburg, Florida for this weekend’s St. Anthony’s Triathlon. The race has lost its two top finishers from 2009 in the United States’ Andy Potts and New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone thanks to the newly added Ironman U.S. Pro Championship taking place on the same day. Despite a few notable missing names on the men’s side, the race will no doubt be exciting to the finish.

Written by: Liz Hichens

Last year's age-group swim waves were cancelled due to choppy conditions. Photo: Robert Murphy

While it is exciting to see Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander of Australia toe the line in the United States for the first time in 2010, he will not be among the favorites. Alexander is known for his long-course prowess, and he will be facing some of the world’s top short-course athletes. American Matt Reed had a disappointing third-place finish at the Miami International Triathlon on March 14th of this year, and the two-time St. Anthony’s winner will be looking to make it back to the top of the podium. The toughest competition will likely come from Great Britain’s Stuart Hayes and Australia’s Greg Bennett. Aside from featuring some of the top veterans of the sport, the race will also see several younger pros take the start. Look for one or two of these youngsters to beat out some of the veterans for a podium spot.

American Rebeccah Wassner has become known as one of the best non-drafting Olympic-distance athletes. Photo: Robert Murphy

The women’s race features both short-course and long-course stars. The two favorites are Americans Rebeccah Wassner and Sarah Haskins. While Wassner is the defending champion here, Haskins has been nearly unbeatable in non-drafting Olympic-distance races and will be tough to beat. Another American, Laura Bennett, has been racing on the ITU circuit and may have the speed it takes for the win. Other short-course specialists looking to make it on the podium are Americans Sara McLarty, Laurel Wassner and Jasmine Oienck, and Great Britain’s Jodie Swallow. Two of the most well known names racing on Sunday are Great Britain’s Julie Dibens and Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae. Both have made recent jumps up to long-course racing, but they come from short-course speed and could contend come Sunday.

Men

St. Anthony's always attracts a top lineup. Photo: Robert Murphy

Stuart Hayes (GBR)
Matt Reed (USA)
Greg Bennett (AUS)
Craig Alexander (AUS)
Cameron Dye (USA)
David Thompson (USA)
Kevin Collington (USA)
Andrew Starykowicz (USA)
Rich Allen (GBR)
Damon Barnett (USA)
Ethan Brown (USA)
Fraser Cartmell (GBR)
Brian Fleischmann(USA)
Matt Glockler (USA)
Henry Hagenbuch (USA)
Kyle Hooker (USA)
Sean Jefferson (USA)
Martin Jensen (DEN)
Gregory Kopecky (USA)
Maxim Kriat (UKR)
Kyle Leto (USA)
Eric Limkemann (USA)
Dustin McLarty (USA)
Justin Park (USA)
David Plese (USA)
Zach Winchester (USA)
Matthew Wisthoff (USA)
Viktor Zyemstev (UKR)
Holden Comeau (USA)

Women

The race will feature some of the sport's top swimmers. Photo: Robert Murphy

Rebeccah Wassner (USA)
Sara McLarty (USA)
Sarah Haskins (USA)
Laura Bennett (USA)
Mirinda Carfrae (AUS)
Julie Dibens (GBR)
Jodie Swallow (GBR)
Nina Kraft (GER)
Taylor Cooke (USA)
Jenny Fletcher (USA)
Jennifer Garrison (USA)
Alicia Kaye (CAN)
Mary Miller (USA)
Rebecca Milnes (GBR)
Jodie Stimpson (GBR)
Laurel Wassner (USA)
Rebecca Witinok-Huber (USA)
Lindsay Anne Woodward (USA)
Jasmine Oeinck (USA)
Kathryn Hale (USA)

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Liz Hichens

Liz Hichens

Liz Hichens is the Web Producer of Triathlete.com. She is an Ironman and marathon finisher and fan of all endurance sports.

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