U.S. men miss chances at London triathlon

August, 8, 2011
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Battling heavy rain as well as their opponents, no American men were able to secure an Olympic berth at the International Triathlon Union World Championship Series event at Hyde Park.

Manuel Huerta of Miami finished in 25th place with a time of 1 hour, 52 minutes, 30 seconds on Sunday to lead the U.S. contingent. Matt Chrabot (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was 42nd in 1:53:20.

European champion Alistair Brownlee won the London triathlon (1:50:09), finishing 25 seconds ahead of Russia's Alexander Bryukhankov to meet the selection criteria for Britain's 2012 Olympic team. Brownlee's brother, Jonathan, finished third and qualified.

Britain's Helen Jenkins won the women's race on Saturday, while Gwen Jorgensen of the United States finished second to qualify for the 2012 Olympics.

The U.S. men could have claimed two spots on the 2012 U.S. Olympic triathlon team with top-nine finishes. The next chance to qualify will come at a to-be-determined WCS race in spring 2012.

"I'm disappointed that I didn't make the automatic qualification for the Olympics ... I'm looking forward to getting faster, getting stronger and staying healthy for the next [qualifier]," said Huerta.

Jarrod Shoemaker (Maynard, Mass.) was forced to withdraw from the race following a bike crash on the fifth of seven bike laps. Hunter Kemper (Colorado Springs, Colo.) withdrew on the run because of a stomach illness.

The Hyde Park course will also be used for the 2012 Games.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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