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Triathlon: Blatchford And Swallow Take On Yokohama En Route To Grand Final

Liz Blatchford and Jodie Swallow, who both finished in the top 25 in London last weekend, are both set to challenge for points, places and potentially prizes at the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championships Series in Yokohama, Japan, tomorrow.

Yokohama, with 24 names on the women's start list, will be the penultimate stopover on this innovative, world series before the Grand Final on Australia's Gold Coast on September 13th where the World Champions will be crowned.

Blatchford and Swallow were 22nd and 23rd in London but from a much bigger field. Tomorrow they race the likes of New Zealand's Andrea Hewitt and Sweden's Lisa Norden -- both of whom could have a tilt at the overall world title come September if they do well in Yokohama.

Javier Gomez, the 2008 Men's World Champion, competes in Yokohama in a bid to move closer on points to Britain's Alistair Brownlee, the current world no.1. Gomez crashed out of the London leg during the bike ride and 21 year old Brownlee went on to take the title -- his fourth from four attempts on the circuit this year with a consistency of performance which has demanded attention.

If Gomez wins in Yokohama and wins again on the Gold Coast then Brownlee, who misses Yokohama, would need to finish in the top three at the Grand Final to take the 2009 World Title.

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

For information about the sport in Britain visit: www.britishtriathlon.org.

GB ENTRANTS AT YOKOHAMA
 
Includes date of birth, current residence and home town.

WOMEN
 
Liz Blatchford: 5 February 1980; Lives: Gold Coast, Australia; From: Manchester 
Jodie Swallow: 23 June 1981; Lives Loughborough; From: Havering, Essex

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.

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: www.britishtriathlon.org.

ITU
The World Championships Series is the brainchild of theThe International Triathlon Union, 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: Triathlon.org.


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