Hunter Kemper wins 7th nationals title

Updated: September 24, 2011, 8:20 PM ET
Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Three-time Olympic triathlete Hunter Kemper won a record seventh career men's national title Saturday and Beijing Olympian Laura Bennett earned her third women's crown at the USA Triathlon Elite National Championship.

Kemper, of Colorado Springs, Colo., captured his first national championship since 2006, finishing the 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run in 1 hour, 48 minutes, 24 seconds. The victory tied him with Karen Smyers for career national titles.

Bennett, of Boulder, Colo., defended her 2010 title with a time of 1:59:37, beating 2011 ITU World Championship Series winner Helen Jenkins of England by 7 seconds.

Englishman Ritchie Nicholls was second in the men's race in 1:49:05.


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