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Roanoke local 'captures victory' at the USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance National Championships

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USA Triathlon – MILWAUKEE - Roanoke local Barrett LeHardy won the overall national title at Saturday's USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance National Championships, according to an article posted in the USA Triathlon.

The triathlon was held for the third and final time at the Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World along Lake Michigan over the weekend.

LeHardy of Roanoke, Va., posted a final time of 1 hour, 51 minutes, 18 seconds for the fastest time of the day, winning the men's 25-29 age group in addition to overall honors, according to USA Triathlon. A member of the U.S. Army, LeHardy will be representing the U.S. at the World Military Games in Korea this October.

"It's a huge honor," LeHardy said to USA Triathlon. "This was the goal for my coach and me coming into the season. We wanted to win a national title. We set out with this goal and we accomplished it. For me to do what I did today, it's truly a remarkable accomplishment and a season of tremendous success."

Officials say more than 2,600 athletes crossed the finish line of the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run event, a staple in the USA Triathlon National Championships schedule year after year.

Olympic-Distance Nationals is the first event held as part of the two-day Age Group National Championships, and approximately 5,000 athletes registered to compete over the weekend.

2015 USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance National Championships

1,500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run

Overall Female: Abby Levene (Boulder, Colo.), 2:06:09

Overall Male: Barrett LeHardy (Roanoke, Va.), 1:51:18

Masters Female: Adrienne LeBlanc (Scottsdale, Ariz.), 2:09:20

Masters Male: Mark Harms (Madison, Wis.), 1:54:52

Grand Masters Female: Bridget Dawson (San Luis Obispo, Calif.), 2:19:14

Grand Masters Male: Gregory Taylor (Yankton, S.D.), 2:10:45

Olympic-Distance National Champions – Complete Results. For more information, click here.