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Jorgensen Leads American Quintet into ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final

Elite events set for Saturday and Sunday in Hyde Park

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LONDON—Five U.S. elite triathletes, including current world No. 1 ranked Gwen Jorgensen, will toe the line this weekend at the International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series Grand Final, the concluding event of the eight-race World Triathlon Series.

Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) and Sarah Groff (Hanover, N.H.) will return to the 2012 Olympic Games triathlon course in Hyde Park on Saturday, having represented the U.S. in this venue last year as members of the Olympic triathlon team. Greg Billington (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Joe Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.) and Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) are set to race Sunday afternoon, in what will be the last event of five days of world championship competition in London.

The women’s race is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. local time (3:30 a.m. Eastern) on Saturday, followed by the men at 1:30 p.m. local (8:30 a.m. Eastern) on Sunday. A live webcast of both races will be available from ITU at triathlonlive.tv. Universal Sports Network will also televise the events live over the weekend, with the women's race scheduled for 4 p.m. ET Saturday and the men at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday. The races will then be available on-demand at universalsports.com.

Jorgensen enters the Grand Final with three World Triathlon Series titles to her name, more than any other woman in the field this season. In addition to her wins in San Diego, Yokohama and Stockholm, Jorgensen also finished in the top six in Madrid and Hamburg. Jorgensen reclaimed the top spot in the rankings in Stockholm, with 13 points separating her, No. 2 ranked Anne Haug of Germany and Non Stanford of Great Britain, who is currently third.

Groff is ranked second for the U.S. and 13th overall. She earned three top-eight finishes in World Triathlon Series events this year, including San Diego, Madrid and Stockholm. Click here for a complete women’s start list.

On the men’s side, Maloy is the top-ranked American competing on Sunday, with a 20th-place finish from April’s San Diego race and a 21st-place finish in Hamburg under his belt for the season. Maloy was also the runner-up at the USA Triathlon Elite National Championships.

Shoemaker is just behind Maloy in the ITU rankings, having finished 12th at ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. He also turned in a podium finish at a Pan American Cup in 2013, finishing third in a sprint event in Clermont, Fla., in March. Billington owns a pair of podium finishes at Pan American Cup events, including his first ITU win in Dallas, Texas, on June 1.  He recently finished 17th in Stockholm for his best finish in the World Triathlon Series this year. Click here for a complete men’s start list.

In addition to the elite ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final, 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.

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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).

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