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34 Countries Will Be Represented At ITU World Cup Auckland

The late season ITU World Cup event is drawing a star-studded lineup.

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The late-season ITU World Cup event is drawing a star-studded lineup.

An incredible 34 nations are represented on the final start lists for the men’s and women’s elite World Cup events in Auckland, from every continent and every corner of the globe, from Monaco to Bermuda, Brazil to Russia, Slovakia to Bahrain – you name it, chances are that country will be represented when racing takes place around the Auckland waterfront and CBD on November 20.

The start list is nothing if not a reflection of the growing popularity of the sport of Triathlon world wide, thanks largely to the profile the sport enjoys at the Olympic Games and throughout the year with the World Champs and World Cup events.

Event CEO Dave Beeche says the world truly is coming to Auckland for this event.

“Triathlon is a rapidly growing sport in so many countries, both in terms of participation but also at the elite level. While some of the traditional heavyweights are to the forefront, we are seeing new flags being raised at medal ceremonies more and more often.

“The beauty of the Barfoot & Thompson World Cup in Auckland is just how many countries that will be represented, with many of the athletes committing to Auckland thanks to our reputation as a host and organiser of great events.

“The Rugby World Cup has only enhanced that reputation and indeed further opened the eyes of locals as to what it is they can do to be a part of international events on a large scale, either as volunteers or simply playing their part as spectators and friendly hosts. This will be another great platform for New Zealand and Auckland in particular to again proudly show itself off to the world, this time through triathlon.”

Amongst the favoured athletes coming to Auckland are the likes of world number 7 Laurent Vidal (France), Matt Chrabot (USA), former world champion Ivan Rana (Spain) and of course a strong New Zealand contingent including Ryan Sissons, Bevan Docherty, Clark Ellice, Kris Gemmell, Tony Dodds, and James Elvery plus a host of young Kiwis looking to make their mark.

In the women’s race watch for a 9 strong Japanese team led by world number 16 Ai Ueda, former World Champion Vanessa Fernandes (Portugal), Vicky Holland (Great Britain), Erin Densham (Australia) while the New Zealanders will feature world number 2 Andrea Hewitt, Kate McIlroy, Nicky Samuels, and a team of youngsters eager for experience on the world stage, including rising star and recently crowned World Junior Champion Mikayla Nielsen who will race a standard distance event for the first time in her fledgling career.

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