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Tampa amateur captures silver

Tampa mayoral candidate Don Ardell is second in 60-64 group in World Duathlon Championships.

By JESSICA FISH

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 20, 2002


Tampa mayoral candidate Don Ardell is second in 60-64 group in World Duathlon Championships.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Tampa's Don Ardell won a silver medal in the 60-64 division in Saturday's 2002 ITU World Duathlon Championships.

Ardell, 64, a former world champion, completed the course in 2 hours, 19 minutes, 54 seconds.

"I hung back and just cruised at the beginning of the first 10K run," Ardell said. "But at the end of that run, I had the hammer down. My bike was fast, and I knew I was up there. The second run went great, and some days you have good fortune. I was prepared for this event, and I really enjoyed it."

Ardell has gone to Europe in past seasons to win gold medals in both his favorite sports, triathlon and duathlon. When he is not training or coaching, the teacher and fitness author is working on his Tampa mayoral campaign.

Other area finishers were Kathleen Kaye, 44, of St. Petersburg, 16th place (40-44) in 2:27:15; and Virginia Poyner, 58, of Sarasota, seventh (55-59) in 2:53:08.

Thomas Jeffrey of Charlottesville, Va., won the overall race in 1:54:34.

Pedaling the hilly and technical bike course in 1:09:27 (fastest female bike split), 30-year-old Amanda Gillam of Boulder, Colo., was the top amateur female in 2:09:56.

Amateurs competed in a 10K run, 40K bike and 5K run.

About 1,100 duathletes traveled from 30 countries to compete in Alpharetta, one of the toughest fields for Team USA duathletes. Rows of international flags lined the duathlon finish line.

Among the chants of "Go USA!" Brazilians cheered Canadians, French teams cheered Italians and Swiss cowbells rang throughout the winding, tree-lined race course.

Most U.S. duathletes qualified at regional and national championships, but extra spots were reserved for competitors who were stranded at airports Sept. 11, 2001, unable to reach Rimini, Italy, for last year's world championships.

An international field of professional duathletes will be in the mix at today's pro world championships for a $60,000 prize list.

Today's multisport superstars will include U.S. Olympian Barb Lindquist, who finished third at April's St. Anthony's Triathlon; and current world duathlon champ Benny Vansteelant of Belgium.

There is some "multisport crossover" from triathlons to duathlons and vice versa. Duathlons are various distances of the run/bike/run game. The recipe for a triathlon, as they say, is "just add water."

Two repeat at Ironman

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii -- Tim DeBoom, ninth after the second leg, rallied in the marathon to repeat as champion of Ironman Triathlon World Championship, and Natascha Badmann won her third straight women's title.

DeBoom, 31, of Lyons, Colo., completed the 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2-mile run in 8:29:56.

His time was about 21/2 minutes faster than his winning time last year.

"It's hot out here, just awful," said DeBoom of the humidity the athletes had to contend with during the run.

Peter Reid of Canada, the 2000 winner, was second in 8:33:06.

Badmann of Switzerland won in 9:07:54, her best time in the competition. Nina Kraft of Germany was second in 9:14:24, and 1999 winner Lori Bowden of Canada was third in 9:22:27.

-- Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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