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2011 ITU World Championship Series Set To Kick Off This Weekend In Sydney

It is the first race of 2011 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series and all of the world's best have come out to play.

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It is the first race of 2011 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series and all of the world’s best have come out to play.

Sydney will kick off the 2011 ITU World Championship Series. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org

The top ten men in the world from 2010, including World Champion Javier Gomez (ESP), 2009 World Champion Alistair Brownlee (GBR) and 2008 Olympic champion Jan Frodeno (GER), are in Australia for the season opener.

In the women’s field, nine out of the top 10 women from 2010, plus 2008 Olympic champion Emma Snowsill (AUS) who is back from an injury-ravaged year, are ready to strut their stuff in Sydney. Defending champions Barbara Riveros Diaz (CHI) and Bevan Docherty (NZL) are also in the mix in what is set to be a thrilling opening race-day. As 2011 is an Olympic qualifying season in which every race has qualifying points on offer, the competition will be fast and furious from the start.

Read the complete race preview at Triathlon.org.