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Danielle McLaughlin looks to repeat as TRI-5 world champion Monday in Auckland. (Janos Schmidt)
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Talented U.S. Team Set for Monday’s ITU Paratriathlon World Championships

Thirty-one Americans set to compete in Auckland

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand — A talented group of 31 paratriathletes, including 11 members of the USA Paratriathlon National Team, will represent the United States on Monday at the 2012 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships.

Paratriathlon Worlds is scheduled to take place Monday afternoon and is the final event of four days of competition in Auckland, which will host the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final on Saturday and Sunday. Nearly 400 Americans are slated to compete in the events, which also include sprint- and Olympic-distance age group triathlon world championships, as well as aquathlon, junior and under-23 events. Visit usatriathlon.org for full coverage of each event.

The paratriathlon event features a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and a 5-kilometer run, starting and finishing at Queen’s Wharf.

Members of the USA Paratriathlon National Team earned their spots in Auckland with first-place category finishes at the 2012 USA Paratriathlon National Championship, held in Austin, Texas, on May 28. The eleven athletes on the roster from the national team include:

•    Erica Davis (TRI-1, Carlsbad, Calif.)
•    Geoffrey Kennedy (TRI-1, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico)
•    Melissa Stockwell (TRI-2, Chicago, Ill.)
•    Mark Barr (TRI-2, Galveston, Texas)
•    Beth Price (TRI-3, Spanish Fort, Ala.)
•    Sean Vangerena (TRI-3, Orlando, Fla.)
•    Robin Caruso (TRI-4, Ridgefield, Conn.)
•    Daniel Hathorn (TRI-4, Virginia Beach, Va.)
•    Patricia Collins (TRI-5, Harker Heights, Texas)
•    James Brown (TRI-5, Carlsbad, Calif.)
•    Patricia Walsh (TRI-6, Austin, Texas)

Stockwell looks to defend her TRI-2 world title for the third consecutive year, and TRI-5 competitor Danielle McLaughlin (Ramona, Calif.) also returns to defend her 2011 world title. The U.S. won eight medals at 2011 Paratriathlon Worlds in Beijing. In addition to Stockwell and McLaughlin, silver medalists Price and Andre Kajlich (TRI-1, Seattle, Wash.) and bronze medalist Walsh also return in search of more hardware. Click here for a complete roster of the U.S. athletes competing in Auckland.

Interest in paratriathlon is at an all-time high, and the sport continues to grow following an announcement in December 2010 that it will debut at the Paralympic Summer Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Qualifying for the 2016 Paralympics is a goal for many of the athletes who will race in Auckland on Monday. Visit usatriathlon.org for more on the sport of paratriathlon.

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