Jorgensen Seeks to Extend Historic Run at World Triathlon Gold Coast

 Four top-10 U.S. women highlight American team of 15

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — On the heels of her 10th career ITU World Triathlon Series victory two weeks ago in Auckland, 2014 ITU World Champion Gwen Jorgensen leads an American contingent of 15 into this weekend’s series stop in Gold Coast, Australia.

Jorgensen has raced to seven straight WTS victories. (Delly Carr/ITU)
Competing on a standard 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run Olympic-distance course, the Jorgensen and the elite women are scheduled to race at 9:05 p.m. ET on Friday, April 10(11:05 a.m. local time in Gold Coast on April 11). The elite men will then race at 12:05 a.m. ET on Saturday, April 11 (2:05 p.m. Gold Coast local time). The races will be broadcast live on triathlonlive.tv, and will air on Universal Sports Network from 2-6 p.m. ET on April 11.

Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) is two-for-two in the 2015 World Triathlon Series, entering Gold Coast with seven straight series titles. Her run split in Auckland was nearly 50 seconds faster than the rest of the field, and her 10 WTS career titles is now double the number of WTS wins from previous record holders Emma Moffatt (AUS) and Paula Findlay (CAN). Jorgensen is reaching new heights in ITU’s modern era of the World Triathlon Series, created in 2009 and preceded by the ITU World Cup circuit, which was previously the highest level of ITU competition. In ITU’s all-time results, Jorgensen trails Portugal’s Vanessa Fernandes, who claimed 20 ITU World Cup titles, and Australian Emma Carney, who earned 12 world cup wins.

Katie Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.) will also compete in Gold Coast after starting the season with two podium finishes, finishing with the silver medal in Abu Dhabi and Auckland in March.

Sarah True (Hanover, N.H.) logged her second top-10 finish of the season in Auckland, and along with Lindsey Jerdonek (Brecksville, Ohio) comprise the four U.S. women ranked in the top 10 of the Columbia Threadneedle ITU World Triathlon Series rankings so far this season. U.S. women also on the start list for this weekend include Kaitlin Donner (Satellite Beach, Fla.) and Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.), who recently finished 1-2 in the New Plymouth ITU World Cup in New Zealand; Jessica Broderick (Boulder, Colo.), the fourth-place finisher at the Mooloolaba ITU World Cup; Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.) and Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.).

A complete women’s start list is available at wts.triathlon.org.

In addition to the nine U.S. women slated to race on Saturday in Gold Coast, six U.S. men are set to race, led by Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.) who logged his first career top-10 WTS finish two weeks ago in Auckland. Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.), Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.), Tommy Zaferes (Soquel, Calif.), Alan Webb (Beaverton, Ore.) and Sean Jefferson (Palisades, Calif.) will all compete on Saturday.

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.

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