Following a U.S. podium sweep two weeks ago, top-ranked USA Triathlon National Team members Katie Zaferes and Sarah True lead the way for a team of 12 American elite triathletes competing this weekend at ITU World Triathlon Cape Town, the fourth stop on the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series.
Zaferes and True will wear No. 1 and 2 in the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run Olympic-distance course, with the elite women scheduled to race at 8:55 a.m. ET (2:55 p.m. local time in Cape Town) on Saturday, April 25. The elite men will race on Sunday, April 26, at 8:55 a.m. ET (2:55 p.m. local time). The races will be broadcast live ontriathlonlive.tv, and will air on Universal Sports Network, with the women’s race scheduled to be broadcast Saturday at 6 p.m. ET, and the men’s race to air at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.) has finished on the podium in each of the three World Triathlon Series (WTS) events held so far this season. She is currently ranked No. 2 in the Columbia Threadneedle Rankings behind fellow American Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.), who is not competing in Cape Town. True (Hanover, N.H.) finished second at the WTS race in Gold Coast, Australia, and is currently ranked fourth in the world rankings.
Also racing for the U.S. women will be Lindsey Jerdonek (Brecksville, Ohio), who is ranked seventh with two top-10 WTS finishes this season; Erin Jones (Hood River, Ore.), who posted a top-25 finish at the Mooloolaba ITU World Cup and won the Punta Guilarte CAMTRI Triathlon American Cup; Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.) and Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.).
This Saturday’s race also marks the first WTS race for Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig since she won the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, as well as the first WTS race of 2015 for Great Britain’s Helen Jenkins, who finished second at 2014 WTS events in Cape Town and Chicago. A complete women’s start list is available at wts.triathlon.org.
Six U.S. men are on the start list for Sunday’s race: Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.), Joe Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.), Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.), Greg Billington (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Sean Jefferson (Palisades, Calif.) and Chris Braden (Boulder, Colo.).
Spanish athletes Javier Gomez, Mario Mola and Fernando Alarza top the start list as the No. 2, 3 and 4 ranked athletes in the Columbia Threadneedle Rankings, and Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee, the London 2012 Olympic Champion, is set to make his 2015 WTS debut. A complete men’s start list is available at wts.triathlon.org.
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Each of the 10 races in the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series, including the Grand Final in Chicago from Sept. 18-19, will award points to the top finishers that will ultimately determine the number of spots allocated to each National Federation for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. More information on the ITU qualification system for the 2016 Olympic Games is available here.