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Kemper, Haskins Win Life Time Tri Minneapolis
Sarah Haskins continued her domination of the Race to the Toyota Cup series while Hunter Kemper proved that he’s in great shape for the 2012 Olympics with victories at the Life Time Tri Minneapolis on July 14.
Haskins has won every race in the Race to the Toyota Cup series this year, with victories in Miami, Austin and Philadelphia before she topped the podium in Minneapolis. This was also her fourth victory in a row at the Life Time Tri Minneapolis, and to top everything off, Haskins set the course record and won the “equalizer” prize.
The Minneapolis event features a unique twist—the pro women take off just over 10 minutes ahead of the men (the exact time is based on past performances) and the first athlete, male or female, across the tape takes home a $5,000 bonus. Haskins narrowly crossed the finish line ahead of Kemper, earning the cash prize for the second year in a row.
With American Sara McLarty battling an illness and choosing not to race, Haskins became the fastest swimmer in the field and exited the 80-degree water in first position. She carried that momentum throughout the bike and run, spending the day alone out front. Americans Alicia Kaye and Jillian Petersen and Australian Annabel Luxford were next into T2 behind Haskins, but the gap was too large. Haskins ran her way to her fourth Life Time Fitness title, and a new course record, in 1:57:50. U.S. Olympic team member Gwen Jorgensen made an impressive statement ahead of going to London, finishing second in a rare non-drafting event. Petersen earned third.
On the men’s side, American Dustin McLarty led the athletes into T1. Once on the bike, American Cameron Dye took charge and built a lead. But Kemper posted the fastest 10K of the day in 31:21 and he ultimately took home first prize with a course record time of 1:47:25. American Andy Potts ran his way to second, with another Olympic-bound athlete, Bevan Docherty of New Zealand, finishing third.
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After Saturday’s race, here are the pro standings in the Race to the Toyota Cup:
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