Matthew Sharpe and Paula Findlay win thrilling St. Anthony Triathlon
The men’s race had an exciting end with three men vying for the top step of the podium. Sharpe arrived at 1:44:14, just a hundredth of a second ahead of Matt McElroy1:44:15. Ben Kanutethe 2019 men’s champion, finished third at 1:44:19.
“The last quarter mile and (Matt McElroy) came really hot, and I was like, ‘Okay, here we go — we’ve got the three guys, and these guys are great athletes, so you definitely can’t count anybody out,'” Sharpe said of Boulder, CO. “I just remember hitting that corner and trying to get that inside line as much as possible. And as I was going through the last corner, I just hit full throttle and was able to hold those guy.”
On the women’s side, Findlay held the ribbon to the finish line with a time of 1:55:35, more than a minute ahead of the next competitor. To complete the podium, Amelia Rose Watkins finished in second place (1:56:38), and Amy Sloane came in third (1:57:05).
“The swim was a lot rougher than I expected. I was kind of in survival mode getting out of the water. I couldn’t really see anyone else so I didn’t really know where I was,” Findlay said of Fold, OR. “But I knew my strategy was just to ride hard and that’s my strength. So I knew I needed a buffer on the bike and I was going to run as fast as some of the girls behind me.”
It was Findlay’s first time participating in the St. Anthony Triathlon and it did not disappoint. “First time I was here and it lived up to the hype,” she said.
In the sprint triathlon (swimming 750mbicycle 20KCourse 5K), the first three women were Mariaangel Lozada, Heather Boucher and Elena Crouch and the first three men were Jhonnatan Daza, John Reback and Joey Obradovitch.
In total, more than 2,300 athletes took part in the weekend’s competitions Saint PETERSBOURG events including the Meek & Mighty Triathlon on Saturday and the Olympic distance and sprint races the following day.
“This year St. Anthony The triathlon was a huge success,” said Patrick McGeerace director for St. Anthony Triathlon. “We had an excellent field, exquisite weather, outstanding sponsors and of course, the absolute best fans. After a hiatus of almost three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to provide a race weekend safe and exciting for everyone. We really succeeded.”
Dates for next year’s 40th anniversaryand St. Anthony The triathlon will be announced soon. Registration for the 2023 event will open later this year.
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