Three U.S. Women on Start List for ITU World Triathlon Stockholm This Weekend

By USA Triathlon | Aug. 23, 2017, 12:15 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Katie Zaferes, Kirsten Kasper and Taylor Spivey are set to race at ITU World Triathlon Stockholm this weekend, the eighth of nine races on the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series calendar. The Stockholm race is the final stop before the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on Sept. 16. 

The course in Stockholm will feature an Olympic-distance 1,500-meter swim off the pontoon at Riddarfjärden; a 40-kilometer bike through the Old Town and around King’s Garden; and a 10-kilometer run with an iconic finish next to the Royal Palace.  

The women’s race is set for Saturday at 6:06 a.m. ET (12:06 p.m. local time), and the men’s race, which has no U.S. entrants, is set for 9:06 a.m. ET (3:06 p.m. local time). Both the men’s and women’s races will be broadcast live at triathlonlive.tv and will air on Universal HD from 4-6 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 28. Visit nbcsports.com for a complete schedule of Olympic sport broadcasts and channel information.  

Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.) leads the U.S. contingent at No. 3 on the start list, behind Flora Duffy of Bermuda and Ashleigh Gentle of Australia. Zaferes is currently third in the season-long WTS rankings with 3,192 points, trailing only Duffy (3,940 points) and Gentle (3,286 points). With two medal-winning WTS performances to her name this year, Zaferes will look for another strong finish in Stockholm to maintain her overall podium spot heading into the Grand Final.

At No. 5 on the start list, Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) will be in medal contention as well. Kasper’s strength this season has been her consistency; she has placed top-10 in six consecutive WTS races and reached the podium in May with a bronze in Yokohama, Japan. Kasper and Zaferes traded places at the top of the WTS rankings earlier this season. Kasper is now fifth in the standings with 2,834 points; New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt is fourth with 2,971.

Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.), who earned her first WTS medal this June in Leeds, England, sits at No. 6 on the start list. Spivey is currently top-10 in the overall season rankings with 1,858 points, a significant step up from her 50th-place ranking at the end of the 2016 season. Spivey has shown strength at the Olympic distance this year, as both her silver medal in Leeds and her World Cup silver in Madrid were on Olympic-distance courses.

Visit wts.triathlon.org for a complete women’s start list, and visit wts.triathlon.org/rankings to view complete season rankings to date.

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