McCormack, Lindquist Race to Big Paydays in Los Angeles

<strong>Barb Lindquist</strong><br>Credit: Mike Powell/Allsport
As consolation prizes go, these weren't bad at all. On Sunday, Chris McCormack and Barb Lindquist, two athletes would have preferred to be in Sydney preparing to race the Olympic Triathlon the following weekend, took home $20,000 apiece in winning the inaugural Jamba Juice City of Los Angeles Triathlon.

Both athletes have been racing very well since failing to qualify for their respective national Olympic teams this spring. Australian McCormack has won nine of nine races in the United States this season, including the Mrs. Ts Chicago Triathlon held two weeks earlier.

Meanwhile, American Lindquist, who announced recently that she will compete in October's Hawaii Ironman, won her first World Cup race in Newfoundland, Canada, in July.

Lindquist led the L.A. race from start to finish. Known as one of the sport's finest swimmers, she opened up a lead of more than a minute on her closest rivals in the first leg, then extended it with the day's fastest bike split. She cruised over the challenging 10K run to take the win by nearly three minutes.

Former World Champion Joanne King of Australia finished second, good for $10,000. The third through fifth slots were taken by Americans Jacqueline Komrij, Gina Kehr and Lauren Jensen.

In the men's race, McCormack took control early, but not as early as Lindquist. The 27-year-old former world champion used the phenomenal bike form he's shown all season to pass the top swimmers, including fellow Australians Greg Bennett and Trent Chapman, early in the 40K bike leg.

He left the second transition with a 15-second lead over Bennett and crossed the finish line 28 ahead. The next four finishes were all Aussies as well: Chris Hill, Peter Clode, Chapman and Marc Lees.

The City of Los Angeles Triathlon was the first major triathlon ever staged within the city limits of Los Angeles. There was a lot of pressure on veteran race director Jack Carress to impress the city, the event sponsors, and the participants with this inaugural event, and much to his relief, everything went as planned.

Slightly more than 1,800 individuals and 35 relay teams completed the race.

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