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Cooperstown's Sarah Groff finishes 4th in Olympics Triathlon

By ANDREW DONOVAN

LONDON (WKTV) - In what turned out to be a close finish, Cooperstown-native triathlete Sarah Groff took 4th Saturday morning in the women's triathlon, just 10 seconds from the medal stand.

She was, by far, the leading member of the US delegation in the event.

After the first leg of swimming, Groff was in eighth place at the Hyde Park facility but joined the leading group on the 40-kilometer bike section. It was in the final leg where things got interesting, as competitors began dropping to the ground from the intensity. At one point, Groff had to literally run over someone, or she too would have gone to the ground.

Get more information, photos and results from Saturday's Triathlon on NEWSChannel 2's Olympic Zone on WKTV.com

Groff attended Cooperstown High School where she ran cross country, track, and swam.

In 2011, she was named the USAT Olympic/ITU Athlete of the Year. She is ranked 2nd in the U.S. and 17th in the world in Olympic-distance triathlon. Groff is one of the top American women in draft-legal racing.

Groff earned her spot on Team USA for the 2012 Olympic Games by finishing seventh at the Olympic test event in London, with the top nine finishers qualifying for the London Olympics. The 29-year-old triathlete completed the 2011 season ranked third overall in the World Championship Series, which is the best finish by an American in the series’ three-year history.

In March 2010, Groff broke her sacrum in a bike crash. She would train and race, only to re-fracture the bone later that year in November. When training resumed, Groff could hardly walk but she was competing by early March 2011. Sarah graduated from Middlebury College with dual major in biology and studio art and spends much of her time volunteering.

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