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The seventh stop of the ITU World Triathlon Series is set for this weekend in Hamburg, Germany, with Gwen Jorgensen (world ranked No. 1), Katie Zaferes (No. 2) and Sarah True (No. 4) leading the charge for 10 Americans on the start list.
Preview the American start list from USA Triathlon below.
With 10 consecutive wins under her belt, Jorgensen will again wear No. 1 for her current ranking in the 2015 Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Series Rankings. At the last series stop in London on May 31, Jorgensen topped the podium for the second U.S. podium sweep of the season, a first for any nation in the history of the World Triathlon Series. Zaferes and True finished second and third, respectively, in London. The trio has won 12 of the 18 possible medals available so far this season, and all three are on the start list for the first individual Olympic qualification opportunity in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 2.
Also on the start list for the U.S. women is Renée Tomlin, who recorded her best WTS result in Yokohama on May 16, finishing fourth and missing the podium by 10 seconds. Tomlin also won her first career World Cup in May in Chengdu, China. Joining Tomlin are Kirsten Kasper, a fellow member of the USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program who picked up a bronze medal at the Huatulco ITU World Cup last month, and Kaitlin Donner, who won a sprint-distance World Cup in New Plymouth, New Zealand, at the start of the season.
See the complete women’s start list here.
In the men’s race, Ben Kanute leads the way for the U.S. men with the best finish on the series circuit so far—a ninth-place effort at WTS Auckland in late March. Kanute is joined by Sean Jefferson, who is coming off a 12th-place finish at the sprint-distance Huatulco ITU World Cup last month; Eric Lagerstrom, who helped the U.S. secure a second-place finish at Sunday’s Pan American Games, finishing 17th himself, and who also earned two wins at sprint-distance Continental Cups this season; and Tommy Zaferes.
See the complete men’s start list here.
Mixed Relay World Championships
The Mixed Relay World Championships on Sunday showcase the team format gaining popularity worldwide. Each team will be comprised of two men and two women of the same country, and each athlete will complete a 300m swim, 6.6k bike and 1.6k run. The U.S. team has not yet been set, and is expected to be determined after Saturday’s individual competitions.
How To Watch
The elite women will compete Saturday at 9:45 a.m. ET (3:45 p.m. local time), followed by the men at 11:45 a.m. ET (5:45 p.m. local time). The ITU Mixed Relay World Championships will take place on Sunday, July 19, at 10:45 a.m. ET (4:45 p.m. local time). All races will be broadcast live on Triathlonlive.tv and will air on Universal Sports Network, with the individual races to be broadcast from 5-8 p.m. ET on Saturday and the Mixed Relay World Championships from 5-6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.