- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Heather Lendway and Steven Mantell won the USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance National Championships on Saurday at the Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World.

Lendway, from St. Paul, Minnesota, successfully defended her title, finishing the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 7 seconds.

“I came in expecting to do well on the swim and the bike, and hoping to do a little better on the run,” Lendway said. “I think this is one of the most competitive races I’ll do all year.”

Mantell, from Fort Collins, Colorado, won in 1:50:59.

“It’s really flattering,” Mantell said. “But it’s consistency and hard work throughout the year. I give big thanks to my teammates and coaches who really push me in all our workout sessions and don’t let me slack off. It’s a big milestone and I’m proud.”

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