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Five For Friday: Triathlon’s Best Race In Montreal

By Paul D. Bowker | Aug. 24, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

Katie Zaferes competes in the women’s event at the ITU World Triathlon Edmonton on July 27, 2018 in Edmonton, Alberta.


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Katie Zaferes goes to Montreal this week to build on her lead in the World Triathlon Series elite women’s standings.

Zaferes, a 2016 Olympian, will be joined by six other Americans in Saturday’s elite women’s race. She finished sixth at World Triathlon Edmonton and had medaled at every race prior to that, except the season-opener in Abu Dhabi when she crashed in the bike race and wound up in a hospital with a concussion.

Four of the U.S. women are ranked among the top 11 in the world. Kirsten Kasper is ranked No. 4, Summer Cook is No. 6 and Taylor Spivey is No. 11. Also competing are Chelsea Burns, Taylor Knibb and Sophie Chase. Cook won a world cup race in June in Belgium.

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Three Americans are in the elite men’s race on Sunday: Matthew McElroy, Tony Smoragiewicz and Seth Rider.

The Montreal stop is the penultimate stop of the World Triathlon Series. The WTS Grand Final is in September in Gold Coast, Australia.

TV: 6 p.m. ET Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc