Harold Robinson should have been distracted enough not to win Sunday’s triathlon at San Clemente.
After all, Robinson had to fight uneven, strong surf on the first leg of the triathlon, and then head winds on the bicycling leg. He didn’t even have his own hotel room the night before the event.
But Robinson, 27, of Santa Rosa, overcame the obstacles to win the triathlon in 1 hour 57 minutes 47 seconds to win his first U.S. Triathlon Series event of the year. Brett Rose of Tempe, Ariz., was second in 1:58.58. He was followed by Andrew Carlson of Laguna Niguel in 1:59.23.
In the women’s event, Joy Hansen of Newtown Square, Pa., passed defending champion Paula Newby-Fraser of Encinitas to increase her lead. Entering the triathlon, Hansen held a 9.5-point lead over Colleen Cannon of Nederland, Co., who finished third.