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Women’s Olympic Games Triathlon on Saturday Features Stellar American Squad

By USA Triathlon | Aug. 19, 2016, 1:48 p.m. (ET)


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RIO DE JANEIRO — As the Olympic Games wind down, all eyes will be on Copacabana Beach on Saturday, Aug. 20, as the U.S. Olympic Women’s Triathlon Team races for Olympic medals at 10 a.m. ET.

Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.), Sarah True (Hanover, N.H.) and Katie Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.) are set to race for their shot at Olympic glory as part of a field of 55 women who will compete on a 1,500-meter swim, 38.48-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run course along Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlântica. The race begins at 10 a.m. ET and will be broadcast live on NBC and nbcolympics.com. Visit nbcolympics.com/tv-listings for local listings.

Jorgensen defended her 2014 world title by winning seven ITU World Triathlon Series events in 2015, including the Grand Final in Chicago. She completed her season with 12 consecutive wins on the ITU World Triathlon Series circuit and led the U.S. women to two podium sweeps. Jorgensen holds the record for most individual titles on the World Triathlon Series circuit by a woman with 17 career victories.

True ended the 2015 season ranked No. 3 in the world to earn her third career ITU World Championships medal. She posted a seventh-place finish at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago, won her second career WTS title at the Stockholm stop and also finished on the podium in Gold Coast and London. She finished fourth at the London Olympic Games in 2012, missing the podium by 10 seconds.

Zaferes recently picked up her first career World Triathlon Series title, winning the Hamburg stop last month. She finished on the podium in six ITU World Triathlon Series races during the 2015 season, winning five silver medals (Abu Dhabi, Auckland, Cape Town, London, Stockholm) and one bronze (Gold Coast). Zaferes was ranked No. 5 in the world at the end of 2015.

Together, Jorgensen, True and Zaferes combined to take 16 of 30 possible medals of the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series. The trio achieved two podium sweeps in 2015, an unprecedented feat in the series.

London 2012 Olympic champion Nicola Spirig of Switzerland, silver medalist Lisa Norden of Sweden and bronze medalist Erin Densham of Australia are all on the start list for Saturday’s race.

Visit triathlon.org for a complete start list, as well an international preview of the women's field.

Visit usatriathlon.org/rio2016 for the latest updates from the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team in Rio.

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