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Six Americans Continue ITU World Triathlon Series in Hamburg

Final WTS event before the 2012 Olympic Games set for this weekend


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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — With six Americans on the start list, the final ITU World Triathlon Series stop before the 2012 Olympic Games is set for this weekend with the Dextro Energy World Triathlon Hamburg.

With the London Games on the horizon, the sprint-distance Hamburg event features a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run. The men’s race is set for 12:25 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, followed by the women at 10 a.m. Eastern on Sunday. Visit for a complete event preview.

Five U.S. men will be in action Saturday, led by USA Triathlon National Team members Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) and Matt Chrabot (Aptos, Calif.), who rank 17th and 28th, respectively, in the 2012 ITU World Triathlon Series rankings. Shoemaker is coming off a third-place finish at the Edmonton ITU World Cup, while Chrabot returns to the ITU circuit for the first time since the May 12 ITU World Triathlon San Diego.

Lukas Verzbicas (Colorado Springs, Colo.) makes his second WTS start on the heels of a sixth-place finish at last weekend’s ITU Tiszaujvaros World Cup. Fellow USA Triathlon Project 2016 program members Greg Billington (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Joe Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.) round out the American men on the start list. Visit for a complete men’s start list.

On the women’s side, U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team member Sarah Groff (Hanover, N.H.) will make her final start before the Aug. 4 women’s Olympic Games triathlon. She was seventh last time out at last month’s ITU World Triathlon Kitzbühel and stands 24th in the series rankings through four events. Visit for a complete women’s start list.

Following next month’s Olympic Games triathlon events, the ITU World Triathlon Series resumes Aug. 25-26 in Stockholm, Sweden.

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