COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Four members of the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team - Gwen Jorgensen, Ben Kanute, Joe Maloy and Katie Zaferes - will race this Saturday in ITU World Triathlon Hamburg, their final competition prior to the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games next month.
Gwen Jorgensen will compete in search of a third World Triathlon Hamburg title this Saturday. (Janos M Schmidt/ITU)
The Hamburg ITU World Triathlon Series stop features a sprint-distance 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run - half the distance the Olympic team athletes will race in August. The elite women are slated to begin at 10:35 a.m. ET (4:35 p.m. local time) on Saturday, July 16, and the elite men will follow at 12:40 p.m. ET (6:40 p.m. local time). Also contested over the weekend will be the 2016 ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships, which will take place on Sunday, July 17, at 8:35 a.m. ET (2:35 p.m. local time).
The races will be broadcast live online at triathlonlive.tv. In the United States, the races will also air on NBC Sports Group. All races will appear on Universal HD, with the Mixed Relay World Championships scheduled to air at 5:30 p.m. ET on July 17, and the individual races set for 5-7 p.m. ET on July 18. Visit nbcsports.com for a complete schedule of Olympic sports broadcasts and channel information.
Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) is a two-time winner of World Triathlon Hamburg and has raced to two World Triathlon Series victories this season in Leeds and Yokohama. Jorgensen looks to add to her 17 career WTS titles on Saturday. Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.) finished sixth in Hamburg last year and has logged top-10 finishes in each of the three WTS races she has completed this season.
Also racing for the U.S. are Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.), who won the Tiszaujvaros ITU World Cup on Sunday and finished fifth at World Triathlon Abu Dhabi to start the season; Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.), who has three top-10 finishes in WTS races this season; Lindsey Jerdonek (Cleveland, Ohio) and Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.).
Visit WTS.triathlon.org for a complete women's start list.
Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.) logged the best finish for a U.S. man since 2012 earlier this season when he finished sixth at ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast. He also finished 11th in Yokohama to clinch his spot on the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team. Maloy looks to improve on the 21st-place effort he posted in Hamburg in 2013. Kanute (Geneva, Ill.) was 17th in Yokohama and was the top U.S. finisher at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago in September.
Joining Maloy and Kanute on the start list are Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.), 2015 Pan American Games silver medalist; Eric Lagerstrom (Portland, Ore.), who recently finished 28th at World Triathlon Stockholm; and Tommy Zaferes (Santa Cruz, Calif.), who finished 24th in Hamburg last year.
Visit WTS.triathlon.org for a complete men's start list.
The start list for the relay event will be set prior to race start.
Triathlon fans can feel like part of the action with TRIFECTA, the official triathlon fantasy game of the ITU World Triathlon Series. Registration for TRIFECTA is open now at Trifecta.USATriathlon.org and podium picks must be submitted prior to the start of the first race. More details on the game are available at USDATriathlon.org.
Visit USATriathlon.org to learn more about the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Triathlon Teams and how to follow the events. For more information on how to get involved in the sport of triathlon in the U.S., visit USA Triathlon's Gold Map site at usatriathlon.org/goldmap. The Gold Map was launched in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Committee and NBC to inspire participation in Olympic summer sports by leveraging the excitement that will be generated in the lead-up to and during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this August and Paralympic Games in September.
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