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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.,
April 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Two first-time winners were crowned champions of the 30
th Anniversary St. Anthony's Triathlon on Sunday. Jan Frodeno and
Alicia Kaye crossed the finish line on their way to topping one of the largest and best pro fields in the race's history.
Frodeno, 32, is no stranger to winning, having come in sixth place in the 2012 London Olympics and winning a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. "I was nervous about coming here, especially when it came to the run because that's not my strong card," Frodeno of
Germany said. "The other guys kept the pressure on."
Keeping Frodeno on his toes was
Ivan Vasiliev of
Russia, who came in second place, and
Hunter Kemper of
Colorado Springs, Colo., who placed third.
Kaye, 30, said that she felt strong throughout the day, but the women also kept the pressure on and she never had a huge lead. "The gap did not change much throughout the race," Kaye of
Clermont, Fla., said. "I can't describe how it feels; it's so emotional to win this race."
Following Kaye were
Nicky Samuels of
New Zealand in second and
Emma Moffatt of
Australia in third, who was running her first St. Anthony's Triathlon and her first 5150.
Also participating in his first Olympic-distance triathlon was former Pittsburgh Steelers player and spring 2011
Dancing With The Stars champion Hines Ward.
"I'm really tired, but all in all, it felt good," Ward said after he crossed the finish line.
With the race being less than two weeks after the bombings in
Boston, those events were not far from the athletes mind.
"We're all part of an endurance family," said Kemper. "Events like
Boston shouldn't stop anyone from going out and living their dream. We're here today as a celebration of sport and lifestyle." Kaye raced with the words, "Boston Strong" marked on her leg in honor of her mother-in-law who has completed 25 Boston Marathons.
A windy morning resulted in the swim course being altered for amateur athletes to ensure the safety of swimmers.