3:13 pm - Thursday December 16, 0798

Team USA Races Eleven Americans Set to Sprint at ITU World Triathlon Hamburg

Sunday will feature ITU Mixed Relay World Championships


 Eleven U.S. elite triathletes are set to demonstrate their swim, bike and run speed this weekend as the International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series circuit heads to Hamburg, Germany, for a rare sprint-distance showdown and the 2013 ITU Mixed Relay World Championships.

Elite action begins with the women at 9:50 a.m. Eastern on Saturday, followed by the elite men at Noon Eastern. A live webcast of the event, which features a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run, will be available attriathlonlive.tv. Sunday’s mixed team relay event will also be shown live online. Relay teams will be comprised of four athletes per country and each athlete will complete a 300m swim, 6.6k bike and a 1.6k run.


Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) enters the race ranked third in the World Triathlon Series standings and looks to improve upon an 18th place finish earlier this month in Kitzbühel. Sarah Groff (Hanover, N.H.) finished third in Hamburg one year ago and enters the race as the No. 2 American in the series standings. After winning her first ITU World Cup title on July 14, Katie Hursey (Hampstead, Md.) returns to the series after making her debut in San Diego in April. Kaitlin Donner (Melbourne, Fla.) also will compete in Hamburg, her first World Triathlon Series since San Diego, while Erin Jones (Hood River, Ore.) makes her series debut. Visit triathlon.org for a complete women’s start list.


Matt Chrabot (Virginia Beach, Va.), Joe Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.) and Greg Billington (Colorado Springs, Colo.) all have experience on the fast-and-furious Hamburg course, having competed there in 2012. William Huffman (Colleyville, Texas) is also slated to compete. Visit triathlon.org for a complete men’s start list.


In the team relay event, Jorgensen and Groff will be joined by Cameron Dye (Boulder, Colo.) and Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.). The foursome will combine their skills and speed in hopes of besting the field which includes two-time champion Great Britain.


A complete event preview of all the events is available on triathlon.org.


Following the Hamburg races, the ITU World Triathlon Series winds down with the Aug. 24-25 Stockholm stop, the last before the 2013 Grand Final and ITU World Championships in London on Sept. 11-15.


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