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It came as little surprise that the 2011 Los Alamos Triathlon, a sprint-type event, was dominated by a guy who would barely consider it a warm-up.
Professional triathlete Viktor Zyemtsev cruised to victory Saturday morning at the Los Alamos Triathlon. Zyemtsev was the only competitor in the race to break the 1-hour mark, crossing the finish line in 56 minutes, 33 seconds, more than 3-1/2 minutes better than his next-closest competitor, Los Alamos’ Jeff Johnson.
The Los Alamos Triathlon returned after a semi-hiatus in 2010. Last year’s race was dubbed an “aquathlon” by Los Alamos County with the 20-kilometer bike leg, traditionally the first leg of the triathlon, nixed due to construction along Diamond Drive.
As such, the event saw a significant drop in participation. Participation this year, however, picked up a bit, with nearly 200 athletes involved.
Mark Katko of Los Alamos, one of Saturday’s participants, said he skipped out on the 2010 event but was glad to see the triathlon return in 2011.
“It was a good course this year,” he said. “The bike doesn’t get any easier...but you can’t beat your hometown race.”
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