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Americans 4th, 11th and 19th in Women's Triathlon

American Laura Bennett finished fourth in the women's triathlon Monday, 25 seconds out of medal contention and nearly two minutes behind gold medal winner Emma Snowsill of Australia. Snowsill's time was 1:58:27.66, more than a minute ahead of silver medalist Vanessa Fernandes of Portugal.

Bennett, a 33-year-old from North Palm Beach, Fla.,, led all 56 competitors at the end of the 1.5-kilometer open-water swim and was in third place during the first half of the 10-kilometer run, but she began backing up towards the pack at around the 5K mark.

The other Americans, Sarah Haskins and Julie Swail Ertel finished 11th and 19th, respectively.

A major pile-up involving at least nine competitors occurred during the 40K bike ride, and sent Canada's Lauren Groves to the hospital with a broken arm.

By Dave Sheinin  |  August 18, 2008; 12:34 AM ET
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