British Triathlon today announced a sparkling home entry for the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championships Series due to take place in London's Hyde Park, the 2012 Olympic Venue, on August 15th.
Alistair Brownlee, 21, already a three-times winner on this year's tour and seemingly in the form of his life to date, heads the list of seven men who have starting places.
The list also includes former world champion Tim Don as well as Will Clarke who has enjoyed a recent surge in form and now sits in the top ten of the event's ranking list.
Brownlee's younger brother Jonathan, 19, will also compete as will David McNamee.
The older Brownlee, ETU Triathlon European silver medallist, will give the Hamburg leg a miss this weekend, as will his great rival this season, Javier Gomez of Spain, with whom he has swapped the points lead in the early part of the season.
The Leeds-based athlete, 21, has prepared for the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championships Series event in London through an altitude training in St Moritz.
Helen Jenkins, defending world champion, is well-placed as London approaches. She is ranked fifth overall. Jenkins will be joined in London by Olympian Hollie Avil amongst a list of six women who have guaranteed places.
So far this season, the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championships Series women's field has been dominated by Emma Moffatt of Australia, the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist, who now has a hat-trick of circuit wins.
GB ENTRY FOR LONDON
(Dextro Energy ITU World Championships Series ranking as at 24 July in brackets)
Alistair Brownlee (1)
Will Clarke (10)
Tim Don (21)
Olly Freeman (33)
Stuart Hayes (44)
Jonny Brownlee (43)
David McNamee (52)
Helen Jenkins (5)
Liz Blatchford (29)
Hollie Avil (45)
Jodie Stimpson (n/a)
Kerry Lang (42)
Jodie Swallow (49)
The Dexto Energy Triathlon World Championships Series event in London is also unique as it features the chance for the public to race on the Olympic Venue in the footsteps of the stars on August 16th. Organisers have recently added an Olympic Distance to the Sprint option. Entries are still open and details can be found at: www.triathlon-wcs-london.org
Points standing after Race Four of Eight
2009 Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Rankings
After Race Four of Eight
1. Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 2400pts
2. Javier Gomez (ESP) 2368pts
3. Laurent Vidal (FRA) 1963pts
4. Maik Petzold (GER) 1951pts
5. Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 1813pts
Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Rankings
After Race Four of Eight
1. Emma Moffatt (AUS) 2640pts
2. Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 2229pts
3. Emma Snowsill (AUS) 1818pts
4. Jessica Harrison (FRA) 1722pts
5. Helen Jenkins (GBR) 1710pts
Upsolut Sports, promoters and organisers of the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship London is headquartered in Hamburg and is the leading organiser of endurance sports events in Germany. Upsolut specialises in the development, hosting and organisation of professional as well as amateur endurance events, i.e. cycling and triathlon. The company organises some of the world's largest events of its kind including the Vattenfall Cyclassics, Skoda Velothon Berlin and the Dextro Energy Triathlon in Hamburg which in total host more than 45,000 participants. For more information visit: www.upsolut.de.
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