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Triathlon: Don says winning this weekend will give "an edge" for London

Top British and International triathletes are making their final preparations before the elite races in the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship London, which take place tomorrow (Saturday 15 August) in Hyde Park.

And former world champion and Londoner Tim Don says that whoever wins this weekend will have"an edge" for the London Games.

"This is the one we all want to win this year", said Don. "I'm really looking forward to this event. Psychologically this is the one to win. It's going to be the best event. Everyone will want to win it so they can get an edge for [the] London [Olympics]."

Young British athlete Alistair Brownlee will go into the race as a favourite after winning three earlier legs of the eight-venue Series but he faces world-class opposition including World and European Champion Javier Gomez who yesterday said he was"in the form of his life" after recovering from injury over the winter".

"It's going to be a tough battle", said Brownlee."I've beaten him four times this year but he beat me in the European Championships".

Other British entries include Brownlee's younger brother Jonny and Beijing Olympian Will Clarke.

Meanwhile defending world champion Britain's Helen Jenkins is among the entries in the women's elite event. The line-up features 2007 World and European Junior Champion Hollie Avil, who was just 18 when she was selected for GB at the Beijing Olympic Games last year.

"I'’s going to be a great event. I'm sure the crowd will get behind us", she said.

International entries include 2008 Olympic silver medallist and 2007 World Champion Vanessa Fernandes of Portugal and Madrid 'leg' winner Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand.

Tomorrow will also see a Paratriathlon take place in Hyde Park, while junior, youth and age-group races will all take place on Sunday.

The triathlon at Hyde Park is one of three big events taking place in London over the weekend of 15-16 August in Olympic sports. Crystal Palace hosts the modern pentathlon world championships (13-17th) and the O2 Arena hosts a men's basketball international tournament (14-16th). All three have benefited from support through the Events for London team which is part of the capital's major events strategy to attract, develop and deliver major sporting and cultural events. Events for London is one of the first legacies of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

For start lists, previous results, previous race footage and background biographies visit:

For entry information and other London-specific details visit:

For information about the sport in Britain visit:

GB Entry for London
(Dextro Energy ITU World Championships Series ranking as at 24 July in brackets)

Alistair Brownlee (1);  23 April, 1988, Lives: Leeds; From: Leeds
Will Clarke (10) 31 January 1985,  Lives: Loughborough: From: Cambridge
Tim Don (21) 14 January 1978;  Lives: Loughborough; From: London
Stuart Hayes (44)  16 April, 1979; Lives:  Loughborough; From: London
Jonny Brownlee (43)  30 April, 1990;  Lives: Leeds; From:  Leeds
David McNamee (52) 20 April, 1988;  Lives:  Stirling, Scotland
Aaron Harris (n/a):  10.6.88, From: Portsmouth
Withdrawn:  Olly Freeman (33) 11 January, 1986:  Lives:  Eastbourne; From: 
Helen Jenkins (5): 8 March, 1984;  Lives: Bridgend, Wales; From: Elgin, Scotland
Liz Blatchford (29) 5 February 1980;  Lives: Gold Coast, Australia;  From: Manchester 
Hollie Avil (45) 12 April 1990;  Lives:  Bugbrooke, Northants;  From: Northampton 
Jodie Stimpson (n/a):  8 February 1989;  Lives and From:  Oldbury, W. Midlands
Kerry Lang (42) 24 January 1976;  Lives and From: Glasgow
Jodie Swallow (49) 23 June 1981;  Lives Loughborough; From:  Havering, Essex

Racing Timetable
Saturday 15 August
10.00 Elite Race, Women; 13.15 Elite Race, Men; 16.30: Paratriathlon Race
Sunday 16 August
08.00 Youth Male Race (14-15 yrs); 08.02Youth Female Race (14-15 yrs); 08.30
Junior Male Race (16-19 yrs); 08.32 Junior Female Race (16-19 yrs);
09.00 First wave of Age Group Races starts

The Dextro Energy World Championships Series: Venues and Dates
Tongyeong, Korea, 3 May; Madrid, Spain, 31 May; Washington, DC, 21 June; Kitzbuehel, Austria, 12 July; Hamburg, Germany, 26 July; London, Britain, 15 August; Yokohama, Japan, 23 August; Gold Coast, Australia, 13 September.

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:

The International Triathlon Union is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon and all related MultiSport disciplines: Duathlon, Aquathlon and Winter Triathlon. ITU was founded in 1989 at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France and has maintained its headquarters in Vancouver, Canada since then. It now has over 120 affiliated National Federations around the world and is the youngest International Federation in the Olympics. Triathlon was awarded Olympic status in 1994. ITU is proudly committed to supporting the development of the sport worldwide through strong relationships with Continental and National Federations, working with its partners to offer a balanced Sport Development programme from grassroots to a high-performance level. For more information, visit:

British Triathlon
British Triathlon is the National Governing Body for Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon in Great Britain, responsible for leading growth and performance of the sport and overarching British matters including relationships with the International Federation, the International Triathlon Union (ITU). Triathlon is a sport that is inclusive, empowering and life changing. A dynamic, attractive and exciting sport from youth to senior and Olympic level. Triathlon also provides opportunities for paratriathletes and age group participation. British Triathlon aims to promote excellence in our sport, and create opportunities for everyone to achieve their personal triathlon challenges. For more information visit:

Visit London
Visit London is the official visitor organisation for London, working in partnership with the Mayor of London, the London Development Agency and the commercial sector. Visit London promotes the UK capital internationally, across Britain and to Londoners targeting leisure and business visitors. Visit London incorporates the Events for London team which is part of the capital's major events strategy to attract, develop and deliver major sporting and cultural events. Events for London is one of the first legacies of the London 2012 and Paralympic Games. For broadcast-standard video of London, please visit:

UK Sport
The Dextro Energy Triathlon World Championship London elite races have been part funded by UK Sport's National Lottery-funded World Class Events Programme, which working in partnership with national governing bodies, cities & regions and home country agencies aims to secure elite sporting events of strategic importance that deliver a range of lasting benefits to the UK. These include economic, social and cultural benefits as well as improving sporting performance by home athletes, encouraging participation and leaving a legacy of facilities and development initiatives. For more information, visit:

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