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Three U.S. Elites to Race This Weekend’s ITU World Triathlon Stockholm
Jorgensen leads American contingent with third-place world ranking
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—USA Triathlon National Team members Greg Billington, Sarah Groff and Gwen Jorgensen will represent the Red, White and Blue this weekend in Sweden at ITU World Triathlon Stockholm, the seventh event of the eight-race ITU World Triathlon Series.
The action begins with the elite women at 7:20 a.m. Eastern on Saturday, with the elite men set to compete at 9:30 a.m. Eastern on Sunday. A live webcast of the events, which feature a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run, will be available at triathlonlive.tv.
Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) is currently ranked third in the ITU World Triathlon Series standings, following two first-place finishes and a total of four top-ten finishes in the 2013 series. Jorgensen has posted the fastest run split in four of the last five World Triathlon Series races this season. Groff (Hanover, N.H.), the No. 2-ranked American in the world, looks to improve on two seventh-place finishes from earlier this season. Both Jorgensen and Groff were members of the bronze-medal winning relay team at last month’s ITU Mixed Relay World Championships in Hamburg. Visit triathlon.org for a complete women’s start list.
Billington (Colorado Springs, Colo.) is the lone U.S. competitor in Sunday’s men’s event. The Olympic-distance race will be his second appearance on the World Triathlon Series circuit this year, following a 46th-place finish in Hamburg in July. Billington won his first Pan American Cup event on June 1 and finished sixth at the Edmonton World Cup on June 23. Visit triathlon.org for a complete men’s start list.
A complete event preview is available on triathlon.org.
The Stockholm event is the last ITU World Triathlon Series stop before the 2013 Grand Final and ITU World Championships in London, which are set for Sept. 11-15.
About USA Triathlon
Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with more than 630,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).