Predict podium finishers with TRIFECTA fantasy triathlon game
On the heels of a bronze medal finish last month in Cape Town, U.S. National Team member and 2012 Olympian Gwen Jorgensen leads a team of seven Americans into ITU World Triathlon Yokohama, the third stop on the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series.
ITU World Triathlon Yokohama is the first event in which ITU World Triathlon Series points will count toward Olympic team selections. More information on the 2016 Olympic Games ITU qualification system is available here.
The event features a two-lap, 1,500-meter swim, a nine-lap 40-kilometer bike, and a four-lap 10-kilometer run at the Yokohama harbor. The elite women will compete on Friday, May 16, at 9 p.m. ET (10 a.m. local time on May 17 in Yokohama), and the elite men are scheduled to race at midnight ET (1 p.m. local time). A live webcast of the event will be available on triathlonlive.tv.
Additionally, multisport fans can predict the elite podium finishers in the new fantasy triathlon TRIFECTA game, launched earlier this month by USA Triathlon and ITU. Podium picks must be submitted at trifecta.usatriathlon.org before the first race begins.
Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) earned her second of three series wins in Yokohama last year and is currently ranked fifth in the Threadneedle ITU World Triathlon Series rankings. She posted a stunning 32:46 10k run split in Cape Town to move through the field and earn her first WTS podium finish of 2014.
Lindsey Jerdonek (Sagamore Hills, Ohio), Katie Hursey (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Kaitlin Donner (Satellite Beach, Fla.) are also on the start list for the U.S. women. This will be Jerdonek’s third career WTS start, having finished 38th in Cape Town. Hursey started the year with two podium finishes in ITU World Cup events, and Donner finished on the podium at last month’s FISU World University Triathlon Championships, taking the bronze.
On the men’s side, Joe Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.), Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) and Jason Pedersen will represent the U.S. Maloy and Shoemaker competed last weekend in the Chengdu ITU World Cup, with Shoemaker finishing fifth and Maloy 11th. Shoemaker has posted four top-10 finishes in ITU events this season. Pedersen posted a top-10 finish at last month’s Bridgetown PATCO Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup.
Following this weekend in Yokohama, the next ITU World Triathlon Series stop is in London for a sprint-distance event on May 31-June 1 before the best athletes in the world head to Chicago at the end of June for the only U.S. stop on the series circuit this year. More information about the event in Chicago is available at chicago.triathlon.org.