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Team USA to Race for Sprint, Olympic-Distance Triathlon World Titles
The 2013 U.S. team is the largest at a non-North American world championships
LONDON—Nearly 600 top age-group triathletes from the United States will swim, bike and run against the best in the world at the 2013 ITU Triathlon World Championships in Hyde Park, with the sprint race set for Friday and the Olympic-distance event scheduled for Sunday. This is the largest Team USA at a world championship event held outside of North America.
The U.S. is one of 67 countries represented in the age-group races, which kick off Friday with the ITU Sprint Triathlon World Championships at 8 a.m. local time, covering a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course. Age-group action concludes Sunday with the Olympic-distance race, featuring a 1,500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run.
Team USA is comprised of amateur athletes who represent the United States at each ITU world championship event. The 353 competitors in the sprint race and the 284 Olympic-distance athletes earned their spots in London with top-18 finishes (rolling down to 25th place) in their respective age groups at the 2012 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Burlington, Vt. The members of the 2013 edition of Team USA range in age from 16 to 86.
In all, more than 650 Americans will face off against international competition over five days of events in Hyde Park, at the site of the 2012 London Olympic Games triathlon. In addition to sprint- and Olympic-distance age-group races, the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final, Junior, Under-23, paratriathlon and aquathlon world championships will be contested. Visit usatriathlon.org for full coverage of each race.
Sprint Worlds features four returning U.S. medalists, including 2012 world champions Wayne Fong (80-84, Chatsworth, Calif.), Lynda Lubelczyk (65-69, Manchester, N.H.), Jonathan Reik (60-64, West Hartford, Conn.) and Patricia Ryan (70-74, Medford, Mass.). In the Olympic-distance event, Elizabeth Brackett (70-74, Chicago, Ill.) and Dave Robinette (70-74, Centennial, Colo.) enter the races as the reigning world champions for the United States.
In addition, 21 national champions from last year’s USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals in Burlington, Vt., are on the Team USA roster for the sprint and Olympic-distance events, and a number of competitors recently earned national titles and 2014 Team USA spots at 2013 Age Group Nationals in Milwaukee, Wis. Visit usatriathlon.org for a complete Team USA roster.
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).