Chrabot, Moreno reign as Pan American Champions

by Paula Kim on 18 Oct, 2010 03:25 • Español

A busy week in Puerta Vallerta wrapped up yesterday with the elite women’s and men’s competitions in the PATCO Triathlon Pan American Championships.  Brazil’s Carla Moreno claimed the women’s championship, while Americans Gwen Jorgensen and Jillian Petersen took silver and bronze respectively. 

But much of the post-race discussion surrounded around 2-time World Cup winner Kirsten Sweetland who was disqualified after unknowingly cutting a corner on the run course.  Entering the competition as the pre-race favourite, the Canadian was in excellent position to take the title before being disqualified by race officials. 

Moreno posted the second-fastest run split of the day, catapulting her to her first ever Pan American Championship.  She broke the tape at 2:04:52, more than 30 seconds ahead of silver medallist Jorgensen.

In the men’s field, American Matt Chrabot used a typically strong biking performance to cruise to the Pan American Championship with a time of 1:54:58.  Coming off a bronze medal performance at the Huatulco World Cup last weekend, Chrabot capped off a successful few weeks of racing in Mexico with his second career PATCO title.

Costa Rica’s Leonardo Chacon took the silver medal, four seconds ahead of American Jarrod Shoemaker.  Chacon, a product of ITU’s Sport Development programme, had the fastest run among the elite men.

The races were contested on the same course that will be used for next year’s Pan Am Games.

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Related Event: 2010 Puerto Vallarta PATCO Triathlon Pan American Championships
17 Oct, 2010 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Women
1. Carla Moreno BRA 02:04:52
2. Gwen Jorgensen USA 02:05:24
3. Jillian Elliott USA 02:06:28
4. Flora Duffy BER 02:07:09
5. Claudia Rivas MEX 02:07:34
Results: Elite Men
1. Matt Chrabot USA 01:54:48
2. Leonardo Chacon CRC 01:55:58
3. Jarrod Shoemaker USA 01:56:02
4. Francisco Serrano Plowell MEX 01:56:21
5. Kevin Collington USA 01:56:30
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