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Top-Ranked Elites Jorgensen, Groff Lead U.S. into World Triathlon London
Predict podium finishers with TRIFECTA fantasy triathlon game
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — An American contingent of seven elite triathletes, including U.S. National Team members Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah Groff, will compete against top athletes from around the world on Saturday in the fourth stop of the ITU World Triathlon Series in London.
The elite men are scheduled to race at 9:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, June 1, with the elite women to follow at 11 a.m. ET. Athletes will compete on a sprint-distance 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run in Hyde Park, which hosted the 2012 Olympic Games triathlon as well as the 2013 ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final. A live webcast of the event will be available on triathlonlive.tv, and the races will also be broadcast on Universal Sports Network on Saturday, May 31, at 2 p.m. for the men and 4 p.m. for the women.
Additionally, multisport fans can predict the elite podium finishers in the new fantasy triathlon TRIFECTA game, launched this spring by USA Triathlon and ITU. Podium picks must be submitted at trifecta.usatriathlon.org before the first race begins.
Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) and Groff (Hanover, N.H.) have been consistent performers for the U.S., and are both currently ranked in the top 10 of the Threadneedle ITU World Triathlon Series rankings. At the last ITU World Triathlon Series stop in Yokohama, Jorgensen captured her first series win of the 2014 season, defending her 2013 title on the same course. Groff has finished in the top five in both series events she has competed in this season.
Also representing the U.S. will be Kaitlin Donner (Satellite Beach, Fla.), who finished 18th in Yokohama two weeks ago, Katie Hursey (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Chelsea Burns (Phoenix, Ariz.).
On the men’s side, Kevin McDowell (Phoenix, Ariz.) will make his ITU World Triathlon Series debut after finishing second at an ITU World Cup event in Chengdu, China, earlier this month. McDowell also won the individual men’s title at the April 20 FISU World University Triathlon Championships in Brasilia, Brazil. Kaleb VanOrt (Mishawaka, Ind.) will also make his series debut; he has earned two two-five finishes in ITU events this year.
ITU World Triathlon Series points now count toward Olympic team selections, with athletes vying for points on behalf of their National Federation that will eventually determine the number of Olympic spots allotted to each country. More information on the 2016 Olympic Games ITU qualification system is available here.
After this weekend in London, the best athletes in the world head to Chicago on June 27-29 for the only U.S. stop on the series circuit this year. More information about the event in Chicago is available at chicago.triathlon.org.
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 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 Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).