2016 U.S. Olympic Qualifier Sarah True Seeks to Defend WTS Stockholm Title
14 Americans on the start list for eighth ITU World Triathlon Series stopCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon National Team member Sarah True punched her ticket to Rio 2016 earlier this month and is set to compete this weekend along with 13 other Americans at ITU World Triathlon Stockholm, the eighth stop of the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series.Previously a sprint race, this year’s Stockholm stop will feature a traditional 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run Olympic-distance course. Elite women start at 6:25 a.m. ET (12:25 p.m. local time) on Saturday, Aug. 22, and the elite men will compete on Sunday, Aug. 23 at 9:35 a.m. ET (3:35 p.m. local time). All races will be broadcast live on triathlonlive.tv and will air on Universal Sports Network, with the women’s race scheduled forSaturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET, and the men’s race to be broadcast Sunday from 2-4 p.m. ET.True (Hanover, N.H.) earned her first career WTS title last year in Stockholm, which eventually led to her runner-up finish in the series World Championships. True finished fourth at the ITU Olympic World Qualification Event on Aug. 2 to qualify for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team, and she is currently ranked No. 3 in the Columbia Threadneedle ITU World Triathlon Series Rankings. Katie Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.), who is ranked No. 2 in the world, is on the start list looking to add more hardware to her collection. This season Zaferes has finished on the podium in five of the six WTS events she has started, earning four silver medals and one bronze.Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) has two top-10 finishes in WTS events so far this season and could be a challenger for the podium. Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.) also claimed a top-10 finish earlier this season at WTS Cape Town and she was fifth at the Pan American Games last month. Erin Jones (Hood River, Ore.) and Jessica Broderick (Boulder, Colo.) round out the start list for the U.S. women.The complete women’s start list is available at wts.triathlon.org.Eight U.S. men are on the start list for Sunday’s race. Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.) posted a top-10 finish at WTS Auckland at the start of the season, and he is joined by hometown teammate Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.), who won the silver medal at last month’s Pan American Games. Greg Billington (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Joe Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.) finished as the top-two Americans at the ITU Olympic World Qualification Event in 15th and 16th place, respectively, and both look to crack the top 10 in Stockholm.Also racing for the U.S. men are Tommy Zaferes (Soquel, Calif.), Eric Lagerstrom (Portland, Ore.), Hunter Kemper (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Hunter Lussi (Kensington, Md.).The 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 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 how U.S. athletes will qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games is available at usatriathlon.org.
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