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Top men struggle at St. Anthony's Triathlon

ST. PETERSBURG — The St. Anthony's Triathlon, the second event of Ironman's 5150 Series, drew a record 48 men's pros Sunday because they had a chance to score double points in qualifying for the $1 million Hy-Vee Triathlon on Sept. 2.

They included Matty Reed, Greg Bennett and Stuart Hayes.

But Reed, who formerly held the St. Anthony's record, had a rough day on the bike, his 56 minutes, 33 seconds over 40 kilometers (24.9 miles) was the second worst among the top-20 overall finishers. He finished 18th in 1:49:48, 3:58 behind first-place Filip Ospaly.

Bennett, the 2011 Hy-Vee champ and 2008 Olympian, finished 17th in 1:49:07. Hayes, one of Great Britain's top triathletes, took seventh in 1:47:22.

Training Camp South: Boulder, Colo., has long been home to the nation's top triathletes. But Clermont, about 80 miles northeast of Tampa, soon might be challenging for the title, at least as far as the sport's top women are concerned.

Sarah Haskins, who on Sunday won her second straight St. Anthony's, recently bought a house in Clermont. Alicia Kaye, who finished second, also now calls Clermont home.

"We have a group that trains together," Kaye said. "We call it Training Camp South."

Kaye said other "camp" members include Lauren Goss (12th on Sunday) and Natalie Kirchhoff (25th).

Runner down: The heat and humidity took its toll on one runner. Scott Rudes, 39, of Tampa collapsed during the 10K run. According to St. Anthony's Hospital, Rudes was treated at the scene and rushed to Bayfront Medical Center. Rudes was listed in critical condition Sunday evening, according to a Bayfront.

Swim a success: The 1.5-kilometer (.9 miles) swim, once one of the roughest in the sport because competitors had to swim straight out into the bay along the Pier, was easier to manage after organizers moved it parallel to the beach along North Shore Park.

"I think it is a lot safer for the swimmers," said Darry Jackson who organizes the kayak and stand-up paddleboard support. "I think it was a good move for everybody involved."

Top men struggle at St. Anthony's Triathlon 04/29/12 [Last modified: Sunday, April 29, 2012 8:59pm]
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