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Defending Champs Headline U.S. Squad for Paratriathlon Worlds
Looking for back-to-back world titles in the Hungarian capital are Megan Fisher (TRI-5, Missoula, Mont.), Ivonne Mosquera (TRI-6, Midland, Mich.), Matt Perkins (TRI-2, Boise, Idaho), Sarah Reinertsen (TRI-2, Mission Viejo, Calif.) and J.P. Theberge (TRI-5, Carlsbad, Calif.). George Gallego (TRI-1, New York, N.Y.) returns to the world stage after earning bronze last year in Gold Coast, Australia.
Fisher, Mosquera and Theberge also were victorious at the 2010 Accenture USA Paratriathlon World Championships on July 18 in New York City. In addition to this trio, Robin Caruso (TRI-4, Ridgefield, Conn.), Oscar Sanchez (TRI-1, La Mesa, Calif.) and Carly Waugh (TRI-1, Knoxville, Tenn.) head to worlds after capturing U.S. national titles in July.
For Fisher, Perkins and Theberge, next week’s event will mark their second international trip this season after competing at the ITU World Championship Series event in London on July 24. Fisher and Theberge won their respective categories in the super-sprint event, while Perkins was second.
All 20 paratriathletes heading to Budapest qualified for the world championships by breaking the 4-hour mark at the New York City Olympic-distance event. The world championship will feature a 750-meter swim, a 19.03-kilometer bike and a 5-kilometer run, which is roughly half the distance of the U.S. national championship course.
The athletes will compete in six different paratriathlon categories as defined by ITU. Click here for more information on the categories.
The ITU Paratriathlon World Championship is one of several events that will be held over the span of five days in Budapest, which also will host the ITU World Championship Series Grand Final on Sept. 11-12. More than 400 Americans are scheduled to be in action over the course of the week, which also includes age group sprint and Olympic-distance world championships, as well as aquathlon, junior and under-23 championship events.
Visit usatriathlon.org for full coverage of each event, and click here for a complete schedule of events from ITU.
USA Paratriathlon 2010 World Championship Roster
Scout Bassett (TRI-2), 22, Palm Desert, Calif.
Robin Caruso (TRI-4), 44, Ridgefield, Conn.
Sebastian Cila (TRI-4), 37, Riverhead, N.Y.
Mabio Costa (TRI-5), 42, Orlando, Fla.
Megan Fisher (TRI-5), 27, Missoula, Mont.
George Gallego (TRI-1), 43, New York, N.Y.
Larry Hicks (TRI-5), 39, Pike Road, Ala.
Michael Johnston (TRI-5), 27, San Diego, Calif.
Adam Lane (TRI-1), 38, Olathe, Kan.
Ivonne Mosquera (TRI-6), 33, Midland, Mich.
Matt Perkins (TRI-2), 36, Boise, Idaho
Sarah Reinertsen (TRI-2), 35, Mission Viejo, Calif.
Travis Ricks (TRI-2), 30, San Diego, Calif.
Joel Rosinbum (TRI-4), 29, Portland, Ore.
Oscar Sanchez (TRI-1), 35, La Mesa, Calif.
Melissa Stockwell (TRI-2), 30, Oak Park, Ill.
J.P. Theberge (TRI-5), 38, Carlsbad, Calif.
Craig Vogtsberger (TRI-3), 36, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Carly Waugh (TRI-1), 35, Knoxville, Tenn.
Creighton Wong (TRI-2), 37, Danville, Calif.
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