By Paul D. Bowker | July 13, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
(L-R) Katie Zaferes, Eli Hemming, Matt McElroy and Kirsten Kasper celebrate at ITU World Mixed Relay on July 7, 2018 in Nottingham, England.

 

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The U.S. is one of 21 nations seeking medals Sunday at the ITU Mixed Relay World Championships in Hamburg, Germany.

The U.S., which is ranked third in the world in mixed relay behind Australia and New Zealand, won the gold medal in the season-opening ITU World Mixed Relay Series in June in England. Sending the U.S. to a first-place finish in that event were Katie Zaferes, Kirsten Kasper, Eli Hemming and Matt McElroy.

Mixed relay will make its Olympic debut at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The event consists of two men and two women alternating in the swimming, running and biking portions of triathlon.

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The U.S. won the world championships in 2016 and finished runner-up to Australia last year.

The mixed relay worlds conclude a World Triathlon Series weekend in Hamburg that includes elite women’s and men’s races on Saturday.

Zaferes, a 2016 Olympian, leads three U.S. women among the top 10 in the women’s rankings. She is ranked first in the most recent rankings. Kasper is seventh and Taylor Spivey is ninth.

Joining them in Saturday’s race are Summer Cook and Taylor Knibb.

Competing in the elite men’s race are Hemming, McElroy and Morgan Pearson.

TV: 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

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