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Olympian Sarah Groff (right) will compete at the ITU World Triathlon Yokohama this weekend. (Paul Phillips/Competitive Image)
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U.S. Olympians Groff, Jorgensen Return to ITU Action in Yokohama

Seventh ITU World Triathlon Series event of 2012 set for this weekend

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — U.S. Olympians Sarah Groff and Gwen Jorgensen will return to ITU World Triathlon Series action this weekend at the ITU World Triathlon Yokohama, the seventh race in the eight-stop series.  

The women’s race is set to begin Friday at 7 p.m. Eastern with live video coverage on triathlonlive.tv. The Olympic-distance event features a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run. Visit triathlon.org for a complete preview.

Groff (Hanover, N.H.) is fresh off a win at the Sept. 16 Beijing International Triathlon and returns to draft-legal action for the first time since finishing fourth at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Prior to London, Groff placed third and seventh at World Triathlon Series stops in Hamburg and Kitzbühel, respectively. She is the top-ranked American and stands 11th overall in the 2012 WTS rankings.

Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) will compete for the first time since finishing 38th after suffering a flat tire at the Olympic Games. Her season has been highlighted by a win at the Banyoles ITU World Cup and a fourth-place finish at the Dextro Energy ITU World Triathlon Sydney to open the 2012 WTS slate. Jorgensen is the No. 3 American and sits 27th overall in the WTS rankings.

Visit triathlon.org for a complete women’s start list. No U.S. men are slated to compete in Yokohama.

Following this weekend’s action, the ITU World Triathlon Series concludes Oct. 20-21 at the Grand Final in Auckland, New Zealand. Visit triathlon.org for more on the series.

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