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Katie Zaferes Locks Up Final Spot On U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team

By Craig Bohnert | May 24, 2016, 11:15 a.m. (ET)

Katie Zaferes has been chosen to be the third women’s triathlete on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team. Her selection, based on USA Triathlon’s Objective Rankings System, was announced today by the governing body.

Earning her first Olympic berth, Zaferes joins Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah True to round out the powerhouse U.S. women’s team that, between the three, took home 16 medals during the 2015 World Triathlon Series. Team USA will be represented on the men’s side by Greg Billington, Ben Kanute and Joe Maloy.

She had a strong performance at the ITU World Olympic Qualification Event last August in Rio de Janeiro, finishing sixth. That in itself would have been good enough to qualify her for the Olympic team; however, Jorgensen and True finished first and fourth, respectively, and only two U.S. women finishing in the top eight were eligible for automatic qualification to the Olympic Games.

Zaferes earned the coveted third Olympic designation over an incredibly deep U.S. talent pool in women’s triathlon with consistently strong performances, recording podium finishes in six of her eight World Triathlon Series starts in 2015. Her bronze medal at the World Triathlon Series Gold Coast in April 2015 gave the U.S. its first series podium sweep, only the second by any nation in series history. Jorgensen, True and Zaferes repeated their feat at the World Triathlon London the following month. It is a scene Americans hope can be repeated in Rio.

The USA Triathlon Elite Rookie of the Year in 2013 after wins at two world cup events, she added another gold to her resume at the New Plymouth, New Zealand, world cup in March 2014.

Recipient of a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Syracuse University, the Maryland native set school records for the Orange in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:08.44) and indoors at 5,000 meters (16:40.95). She lettered in five different sports at North Carroll High School in Hampstead, Maryland.

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