Chrabot Moves to Ninth Place in the Series
June 6, 2010 (Madrid, Spain) – USA Triathlon National Team member Jarrod Shoemaker finished ninth Sunday at Casa de Campo Park to grab his second consecutive top-10 showing in the 2010 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series.
After placing eighth in Seoul last month, Shoemaker (Maynard, Mass.) finished the Madrid Olympic-distance event in 1 hour, 54 minutes, 26 seconds. The 2008 Olympian closed with a 31:27 10k, which was the sixth-fastest run split of the day.
American Matt Chrabot (Colorado Springs, Colo.) continued his steady season with a 14th-place finish Sunday in 1:54:54. Chrabot and Australia’s Jamie Huggett led a breakaway on lap six of the bike, forming a 20-second lead with 10 kilometers left to ride, but a chase pack of eight riders caught the leaders heading into the final lap.
Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee, the 2009 ITU world champion, was victorious in his first race of 2010 in 1:52:41, 10 seconds ahead of Australia’s Courtney Atkinson.
Ben Collins (Seattle, Wash.) was 38th in 1:57:55, Brian Fleischmann (Colorado Springs, Colo.) placed 41st in 1:58:21 and Manuel Huerta (Miami, Fla.) finished 48th in 2:00:07 to round out the U.S. contingent.
Shoemaker and Chrabot also made a move into the top 10 of the series rankings after three events. Charbot, who has finished in the top 20 of all three races, is ninth with 916 points, while Shoemaker is 10th with 893 points thanks to his pair of top 10s. Russia’s Alexander Brukhankov leads the series with 1,723 points.
The seven-race WCS is a key proving ground for the United States’ top triathletes hoping for a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team. In addition to racing for WCS points, athletes were looking to score points toward securing a spot for their country at the 2012 Olympic Triathlon in London for the first time this weekend in the Spanish capital.
Next up on the WCS circuit are stops in Hamburg (July 17-18) and London (July 24-25) on back-to-back weekends. Many of the world’s top Olympic-distance athletes will be in action on U.S. soil next weekend at the June 13 Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines, Iowa.