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Americans Set to Kick off ITU World Championships with Aquathlon Worlds

Nearly 130 U.S. multisport athletes will swim and run in bid for world titles

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EDMONTON, Alberta — A team of nearly 130 Americans will compete in the 2014 Edmonton ITU Aquathlon World Championships on Wednesday, the opening event of the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships set at Hawrelak Park.

The aquathlon event, which features a 750-meter swim and a 4.6-kilometer run, kicks off  five days of racing in Edmonton, highlighted by the elite ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final on Aug. 30-31. More than 600 U.S. amateur athletes from 48 states and Washington, D.C., will compete for world titles throughout the week in 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.

The swim-run event will begin at noon MT on Wednesday, Aug. 27. Tommy Zaferes (Soquel, Calif.) will represent the U.S. in the elite races, looking to claim his first career ITU world championships title. The U.S. has not won an elite Aquathlon Worlds medal since 2007 when Sarah Groff (Hanover, N.H.) picked up a gold medal in Ixtapa, Mexico.

Seven members of the amateur Team USA qualified to compete on Wednesday by virtue of winning national titles at the 2013 USA Triathlon Aquathlon National Championships:

• Jennifer Dehart (35-39, Lexington, Va.)
• Pieter Dehart (35-39, Lexington, Va.)
• Andrew Farrell (40-44, Orlando, Fla.)
• Katie McCully (45-49, Eastham, Mass.)
• Jeevan Philip (Overall and 18-19, Richland, Wash.)
• Judith Reiberg (60-64, New York, N.Y.)
• Dan Thornton (45-49, Carrboro, N.C.)

Additionally, four 2013 Aquathlon Worlds medalists will compete on Wednesday, including gold medalists Donald Ardell (75-79, St. Petersburg, Fla.), Heysoon Lee (70-74, Morristown, N.J.); silver medalist Matt Koenigs (30-34, Snohomish, Wash.); and Arby Kitzman (70-74, Morro Bay, Calif.), who won bronze last year.

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. 

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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).

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