U.S. Paratriathletes Aim for World Titles in London
More than 40 Americans will race in Friday’s paratriathlon event
A team of more than 40 paratriathletes, led by the 2013 USA Paratriathlon National Team, will represent the Red, White and Blue in seven classification divisions on Friday at the 2013 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships.
Paratriathlon Worlds is scheduled to take place Friday afternoon, leading into the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final on Saturday and Sunday. More than 650 Americans will compete in the events, which begin on Sept. 11 with aquathlon. The weekend also features Junior and Under-23 events, as well as sprint and Olympic-distance age-group triathlon world championships. Visit usatriathlon.org for full coverage of each race.
The paratriathlon event features a 750-meter swim, 22.5-kilometer bike and a 5-kilometer run, starting and finishing in Hyde Park.
The 15 members of the 2013 National Team have combined for 24 medals and 12 world titles at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships since 2006. In 2012, the U.S. earned 13 medals to top the overall medal count.
For both the USA Paratriathlon National and World Teams, athletes earned eligibility based on their finish positions at the 2013 USA Paratriathlon National Championships in May and the Challenged Athletes Foundation World Paratriathlon San Diego event in April. The 15 athletes on the roster from the national team include:
* Erica Davis (TRI-1, Carlsbad, Calif.)
* Jacqui Kapinowski (TRI-1, Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.)
* Geoffrey Kennedy (TRI-1, Rio Grande, Puerto, Rico)
* Krige Schabort (TRI-1, Cedartown, Ga.)
* Melissa Stockwell (TRI-2, Chicago, Ill.)
* Mark Barr (TRI-2, Houston, Texas)
* Beth Price (TRI-3, Spanish Fort, Ala.)
* David Kyle (TRI-3, Athens, Ala.)
* Tisa Cawthon (TRI-4, Monterey, Calif.)
* Chris Hammer (TRI-4, Cheney, Wash.)
* Megan Fisher (TRI-5, Seattle, Wash.)
* JP Theberge (TRI-5, Elfin Forest, Calif.)
* Patricia Walsh (TRI-6a, Austin, Texas)
* Diane Berberian (TRI-6b, Clearwater, Fla.)
* Aaron Scheidies (TRI-6b, Seattle, Wash.)
Stockwell looks to defend her TRI-2 world title for the fourth consecutive year, and TRI-5 competitor Patty Collins (Alexandria, Va.) returns to defend her 2012 world title. Silver medalists Price, Kyle, Andre Kajlich (TRI-1, Seattle, Wash.) and Hailey Danisewicz (TRI-2, Chicago, Ill.), and bronze medalists Kennedy, Walsh, Matt Perkins (TRI-2, Boise, Idaho) and Jamie Brown (TRI-5, Carlsbad, Calif.) also will race in search of more hardware. Click here for a complete roster of the U.S. athletes competing in London.
Interest in paratriathlon is at an all-time high, and the sport continues to grow following an announcement in December 2010 that it will debut at the Paralympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Visit usatriathlon.org for more on the sport of paratriathlon and the seven competitive divisions.
Races begin at 2 p.m. local time (9 a.m. Eastern). A free finish line camera, live commentary and live results will be available on triathlon.org.