Top-Ranked U.S. Triathletes Aim to Continue Medal Streak at WTS London
U.S. women have earned podium finishes in all five 2015 WTS races
Ten U.S. elite triathletes, including four top-10 world ranked U.S. women, will toe the line this Sunday at the sixth stop of the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series in London.
The 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run sprint-distance race will begin with the elite men at 10:05 a.m. ET (3:05 p.m. local time) on Sunday, May 31. The elite women will follow at 11:45 a.m. ET (4:45 p.m. local time). The races will be broadcast live on triathlonlive.tv, and will air on Universal Sports Network from 2-5 p.m. ET on May 31.
Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) has nine wins in as many starts, with a streak that began in May 2014. The 2014 ITU World Champion and current world-ranked No. 1 Jorgensen won WTS Yokohama two weeks ago by a margin of more than 1 minute. Katie Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.) and Sarah True (Hanover, N.H.) return to the series circuit after sitting out the Yokohama race, looking to earn more points toward their current No. 2 and No. 4 positions in the Columbia Threadneedle WTS Rankings. Jorgensen and True also enter WTS London as the reigning gold and silver medalists on the Hyde Park course. Jorgensen, True and Zaferes have won 60 percent of the medals in WTS races so far this season.
Lindsey Jerdonek (Brecksville, Ohio) is also ranked in the top 10 of the Columbia Threadneedle WTS Rankings and is on the start list for this weekend’s race. Jerdonek has earned two top-10 finishes this season. Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.), who finished ninth in Cape Town in April, and Kaitlin Donner (Satellite Beach, Fla.), who was 10th in Abu Dhabi in March, round out the start list for the U.S. women.
The complete women’s start list is available at wts.triathlon.org.
Four U.S. men are on the start list for Sunday, led by 2008 U.S. Olympian Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.), who is seeking to improve upon his season-best 12th-place finish from WTS Cape Town last month. Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.) finished third at the Chengdu ITU World Cup last month and returns to London after making his WTS debut on the same course last year. Tommy Zaferes (Soquel, Calif.) and Chris Braden (Boulder, Colo.) are also on the start list for the U.S.
The complete men’s start list is available at wts.triathlon.org.
Prior to the elite competition on Sunday, paratriathletes will take to the sprint-distance course in Hyde Park for the 2015 London ITU World Paratriathlon Event, set for Saturday, May 30. Three Americans are scheduled to compete: Mary Kate Callahan (PT1/wheelchair, La Grange, Ill.), Sarah Reinertsen (PT2/leg impairment, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and Allysa Seely (PT2/leg impairment, Glendale, Ariz.). The paratriathlon races will begin at 4:30 a.m. ET (9:30 a.m. local time). Start lists for all five sport classes are available at triathlon.org.
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Each of the 10 races in the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series, including the Grand Final in Chicago on 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.