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Saturday, September 10, 2011
Chrabot leads U.S. men's triathlon team


Matt Chrabot lead the U.S. men at the final event of the 2011 International Triathlon Union World Championship Series on Saturday.

Chrabot finished in 25th place, recording a time of 1 hour, 50 minutes, 27 seconds on the Olympic-distance course.

Britain's Alistair Brownlee won the triathlon world title for a second time in cold and rainy conditions in Beijing.

Brownlee finished comfortably ahead of Switzerland's Sven Riederer and brother Jonathan Brownlee, who finished third on the day and second in the final series standings.

Spain's Javier Gomez ended the season third overall after placing sixth Saturday.

American Mark Fretta was 46th in a time of 1:52.44.

Chrabot and Fretta were part of the lead pack out of the water and were aggressive throughout the bike portion despite the wet conditions.

Chrabot battled for a top-20 finish for most of the run before finishing in 25th place.

"I had a little injury that kept me off from running for two weeks in June and July, but I'm starting to come back," Chrabot said, according to USA Triathlon.

Chrabot won the Chicago Triathlon on Aug. 28.

"Chicago gave me some confidence and it kept me on top of my game in the U.S., but as far as staying on top of my game on the world level it's just that much harder," Chrabot said.

The seven-race WCS is a proving ground for the United States' top triathletes aiming for a spot on the Olympic team.