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Sprint Titles on the Line at ITU World Triathlon Hamburg
World No. 1 ranked Gwen Jorgensen leads U.S. contingent
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The ITU World Triathlon Series makes its sixth stop of 2014 in Hamburg, Germany, this weekend, with individual and relay titles up for grabs over two days of competition.
Individual events will take place on Saturday, July 12, with the elite women set to race at 10:15 a.m. ET. The elite men will follow at 12:15 p.m. ET on the sprint 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course, which is making its 13th appearance on the ITU schedule. The Mixed Relay World Championships will be contested on Sunday, July 13, at 10:35 a.m. ET. Teams will consist of four athletes (two women, two men) who will each complete a 300m swim, 6.6k bike and 1.6k run before tagging the next athlete.
A live webcast of the event will be available on triathlonlive.tv, and the individual races will also be broadcast on Universal Sports Network on July 12 with the women broadcast at 2 p.m. ET and the men at 3 p.m. ET.
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.
Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) currently tops the Threadneedle ITU World Triathlon Series rankings following wins in Chicago, London and Yokohama, Japan. Sarah Groff (Hanover, N.H.) is ranked fourth after earning three top-five finishes in the series, including second at the London event on May 31.
Also representing the U.S. are Kaitlin Donner (Satellite Beach, Fla.) and Lindsey Jerdonek (Sagamore Hills, Ohio), who finished as the second and third Americans two weeks ago in Chicago; Erin Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.), the 2013 junior world champion who is making her World Triathlon Series debut.
In the men’s race, Eric Lagerstrom (Gresham, Ore.) is the only American on the start list. Lagerstrom competed at his first World Triathlon Series event in April and is the reigning national champion at the sprint distance.
In the Mixed Relay World Championships, the U.S. looks to earn its second podium finish in the event. In 2013, Groff, Ben Kanute (Tucson, Ariz.), Jorgensen and Cameron Dye (Boulder, Colo.) raced to third for bronze, earning the first medal for the U.S. in the mixed relay format. Germany won the event in front of a home crowd, and New Zealand was second. The U.S. team for the 2014 event will be determined following the individual races on Saturday.
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.
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).