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After a 50-day break, the World Triathlon Series returns to action this weekend in Hamburg, Germany. Like many German-based triathlons, this Hamburg race is known for attracting a huge crowd of participants and spectators. It will be an action-packed weekend with both age groupers and elites racing on Saturday and Sunday. After age groupers compete on Saturday morning, the elites will take to the sprint-distance course, with the women kicking off the action and the men following shortly after. On Sunday, the elites will take part in the always-thrilling Mixed Relay World Championships.
With a perfect season to her name after having created history by winning 10 consecutive WTS races in a row, American Gwen Jorgensen will look to Hamburg to claim yet another victory in an attempt to keep her record intact.
Joining Jorgensen on the start list are compatriots Katie Zaferes and Sarah True. An appearance by all three American women means the possibility of a third USA podium sweep. The trio controlled all three medals in two races this season, a feat that no other country has accomplished in a single season. In fact, the only other time a National Federation has swept the podium was in Hamburg in 2011 when Australia’s Emma Moffatt, Emma Jackson and Emma Snowsill stood on the podium together.
While originally there were two Brownlees on the start list, both decided to pull out of the competition. Tweeting the news earlier this month, Jonathan Brownlee revealed that he had suffered from a femoral stress fracture and would be out of the short-term competition and instead focusing on recovering in order to race in the Chicago Grand Final in September. Alistair also removed himself from the race late in the game, leaving the path to the podium wide open.
The Spaniards round out the first three positions on the start list after showcasing a dominating season for their country. Javier Gomez returns after skipping London. He competed in the ETU European Championships, but unfortunately suffered some issues in the first transition, causing a near-bike crash and ultimately did not finish. But despite the recent loss, he reenters WTS still with the No. 1 ranked position.