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Lukas Verzbicas wins junior title

Updated: September 11, 2011, 12:05 PM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- Lukas Verzbicas won the junior title at the world triathlon championships on Sunday, fulfilling his goal of winning the gold medal in honor of his cancer-stricken friend and teammate.

Verzbicas put his promising running career on hold this summer to return to triathlon in hopes of winning the world title for Kevin McDowell, his friend and teammate who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in March. McDowell finished chemotherapy on Aug. 22 and was at the finish line to cheer ...

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