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U.S. Quartet to Race at ITU World Triathlon Madrid

Gwen Jorgensen seeks to maintain No. 1 world ranking

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Four Americans are on the start list for the fourth stop of the 2013 International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series this weekend in Madrid, Spain.

The elite women’s race is set for 9:31 a.m. Eastern on Saturday, and the elite men will race Sunday at 6:36 a.m. Eastern. A live webcast of the Olympic-distance event, featuring a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run, will be available at triathlonlive.tv.

Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) leads the U.S. with her current No. 1 world ranking after back-to-back wins on the World Triathlon Series circuit. She will be joined by 2012 Olympic teammate Sarah Groff (Hanover, N.H.), who is currently ranked 22nd overall in the series. Groff finished seventh at April’s Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego. Visit triathlon.org for a complete women’s start list.

On the men’s side, Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) and Tommy Zaferes (Santa Cruz, Calif.) are back in action after completing one series race apiece. Shoemaker recently finished 12th in Yokohama, while Zaferes finished 32nd in San Diego after a solid swim. Visit triathlon.org for a complete men’s start list.

A complete event preview is available on triathlon.org.

After Madrid, the eight-race ITU World Triathlon Series will continue on July 6 in Kitzbühel, Austria.

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