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Xterra World Champs crowned

Spain’s Ruben Ruzafa (2:29) and Olympian Flora Duffy (2:48) of Bermuda are the 2014 Xterra World Champions. Both athletes finished with about a two-minute cushion ahead of second place. Chile’s Barbara Riveros was second in the women’s race in with a six-minute lead over New Zealand’s Nicky Samuels who cinched third in 2:56:32. On the men’s side American Josiah Middaugh took silver in 2:31:12, three and half minutes ahead of Australia’s Ben Allen. Four-time Xterra World Champ and legend in the sport, Conrad Stoltz of South Africa finished seventh.

Amidst a deep field of ITU standouts who have expanded their repertoire to include Xterra, Melanie McQuaid lead the Canadian contingent to a top 10 taking eighth place. She was followed by Chantell Widney in twelfth and Danelle Kabush in thirteenth place just 20 seconds behind her.