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Team USA Action Begins Wednesday at ITU Aquathlon Worlds
More than 120 American amateur athletes will swim and run to world titles
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—The International Triathlon Union World Championships begin Wednesday when more than 120 age-group multisport athletes representing the United States will compete in the 2013 ITU Aquathlon World Championships in London, England.
Aquathlon Worlds is the first of eight races to be contested over five days in London, which will also host the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final on Sept. 14-15. More than 650 Americans are scheduled to be in action over the course of the week, marking the largest Team USA at a world championship event outside of North America. The event features sprint and Olympic-distance age-group triathlon world championships, as well as paratriathlon, Junior and Under-23 events. Visit usatriathlon.org for full coverage of each race.
Wednesday’s aquathlon event will feature a 1,000-meter swim, followed by a 5-kilometer run.
Seven members of Team USA qualified for ITU Worlds with national championship wins at the 2013 USA Triathlon Aquathlon National Championships on Aug. 4 in Canton, N.C., and are in search of world titles in England:
• Jennifer Dehart (35-39, Lexington, Va.)
• Pieter Dehart (35-39, Lexington, Va.)
• Andrew Farrell (40-44, Raleigh, N.C.)
• Ann Mazur (25-29, Charlottesville, Va.)
• Jeevan Philip (Overall and 18-19, Richland, Wash.)
• Judith Reiberg (60-64, New York, N.Y.)
• Shannon Scovel (18-19, Cary, N.C.)
Seven 2012 aquathlon world medalists will also be in action in Hyde Park on Wednesday, including Dave Robinette (70-74, Centennial, Colo.), who won his third consecutive aquathlon world championship title in Auckland. Others seeking another podium finish include 2012 silver medalists Heysoon Lee (65-69, Morristown, N.J.), Kerry Simmons (45-49, Point Lookout, N.Y.), Don Utsinger (65-69, Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Marshall Wakat (70-74, Charleston, S.C.); and 2012 bronze medalists Carole Mawson (65-69, Woodside, Calif.) and Kevin Simmons (Point Lookout, N.Y.).
Team USA is comprised of amateur athletes who represent the United States at each ITU World Championship event. Visit usatriathlon.org for more on Team USA.
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 550,000 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).