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Gwen Jorgensen was second at last year's Auckland Grand Final.
photo: JANOS M SCHMIDT

Chrabot, Jorgensen Open ITU World Triathlon Series in Auckland

American standouts look to build on early season successes

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Standout American triathletes Matt Chrabot and Gwen Jorgensen aim to build on early season successes at Saturday’s Barfoot & Thompson World Triathlon Auckland, the opening event of the eight-race International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series.

The elite men’s race is set for 7:06 p.m. Eastern on Friday, followed by the elite women at 10:06 p.m. Eastern. A live webcast of the Auckland opener and the entire eight-race series is available at triathlon.tv.

Chrabot (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) have spent the winter training in Australia with strong results. Chrabot posted a runner-up performance at the March 16 Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup for his first World Cup podium finish since 2011. He owns three career top-10 finishes in ITU World Triathlon Series events. Visit triathlon.org for a complete men’s start list. 

Jorgensen, who finished ninth in the 2012 ITU World Triathlon Series rankings, was second in her debut event of the season, the Feb. 23 Devonport OTU Sprint Oceania Championships. She was the runner-up at the 2012 Auckland Grand Final for her second career ITU World Triathlon Series podium finish. Visit triathlon.org for a complete women’s start list. 

A complete Auckland preview is available from ITU at triathlon.org

Following this weekend’s action in Auckland, the series resumes April 19-20 with the second annual Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego. Chrabot and Jorgensen are on the start list along with a host of talented Americans and more than 50 London Olympians, including four medalists. Visit sandiego.triathlon.org for complete event information.

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