GIJON, Spain – Team USA athletes impressed on the world multisport stage Sunday by claiming 14 age group world championship titles and 29 total medals at the 2011 ITU Duathlon World Championships.
In addition to the 14 gold medals, U.S. athletes combined for eight silver and seven bronze medals in the sprint- and standard-distance run-bike-run events.Eight Americans were victorious in the 10-kilometer run, 38.4-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run standard-distance world championship. An additional six U.S. athletes won gold in the 5k run, 19.2k bike, 2.5k run sprint-distance event.
U.S. champions Gail Kattouf (Greenville, S.C.) and Eneas Freyre (Norwalk, Conn.) raced their way to world titles in the 35-39 age groups and the day’s fastest overall times in the standard-distance event. Kattouf won her first world title in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 38 seconds, while Freyre logged a time of 1:47:06 for his first-ever world championship. Both athletes posted the fastest bike splits in their respective age groups.
Repeat world champions from last year’s event were Ann Davidson (Portland, Ore.), who won the women’s 50-54 title in 2:06:33, and Edwin Bixenstine (Kent, Ohio), who claimed the men’s 85-89 crown in 3:40:41 for his fifth straight world championship.
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