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More than 350 Americans are set to compete in Auckland on Monday with Team USA.

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More than 350 Americans set to compete in Auckland on Monday

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand —More than 350 top age group triathletes from the United States are set to swim, bike and run against the world’s best Monday at the 2012 ITU Triathlon World Championships, centered at Queen’s Wharf in Auckland, New Zealand.

The U.S. is one of 40 countries represented in the age group races, which kick off at 6:55 a.m. local time with the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run sprint event, followed by the 1,500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run Olympic-distance race. Monday also will feature the ITU Paratriathlon World Championship later in the day.

Team USA is comprised of amateur athletes who represent the United States at each ITU world championship event. The 173 competitors in the sprint race and the 184 Olympic-distance athletes earned their spots in Auckland with top-18 finishes (rolling down to 25th place) in their respective age groups at the 2011 USA Triathlon Age Group and Sprint National Championships in Burlington, Vt. The members of the 2012 edition of Team USA range in age from 17 to 82.

In all, nearly 400 Americans will face off against international competition over four days of events in Auckland. In addition to Monday’s sprint- and Olympic-distance age group races and Paratriathlon Worlds, the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final, junior, under-23 and aquathlon world championships will be contested. Visit usatriathlon.org for full coverage of each event.

Sprint Worlds features five returning U.S. medalists, including 2011 world champions Marshall Wakat (70-74, Charleston, S.C.) and Carlos Dolabella (50-54, Key Biscayne, Fla.). There also will be nine U.S. medalists returning to the Olympic-distance event, with Kyle Welch (50-54, Sunnyvale, Calif.), Douglas Hill (55-59, Tacoma, Wash.), Elizabeth Brackett (70-74, Chicago, Ill.) and Dave Robinette (70-74, Centennial, Colo.) leading the charge as reigning world champions.

In addition, 14 national champions from the recent 2012 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Burlington, Vt., are on the Team USA roster for the sprint and Olympic-distance events. Visit usatriathlon.org for a complete Team USA roster.

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