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Zaferes Aims to Retain ITU World Triathlon Series Lead in Montreal This Weekend

By USA Triathlon | Aug. 23, 2018, 12:57 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The final regular-season races of the ITU World Triathlon Series will take place this Saturday and Sunday in Montreal, Québec, headlining an action-packed weekend that also includes elite Continental Cup (CAMTRI) events and age-group competition. The Montreal stop is the last before the series travels to Gold Coast, Australia, for the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final on Sept. 15-16.

The Olympic-distance course, which winds through the historic streets of the Old Port of Montreal, features a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run. The women race Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET, and the men follow on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET. Both races will be broadcast live online at, and the men’s race will also air live on NBC’s Olympic Channel. The women’s race will air on NBC’s Olympic Channel Saturday at 6 p.m. ET, and again at 10 p.m. ET. 

Katie Zaferes (Santa Cruz, Calif.) is the current WTS women’s leader, and she tops the start list for Saturday’s race. Zaferes ended the 2017 season as the series’ runner-up and has medaled at four of six WTS races so far this season. With 4,170 points in the series to date, Zaferes is 591 ahead of Great Britain’s Vicky Holland and 1,072 ahead of the Netherlands’ Rachel Klamer. She must finish sixth or better on Saturday to increase her points total ahead of September’s Grand Final.

Also holding top-10 positions on the start list are Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) and Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.). Kasper has yet to reach the WTS podium this season, but her consistency — including two fourth-place finishes in Abu Dhabi and Bermuda and a fifth in Hamburg — has positioned her fourth in the overall series. Spivey is currently eighth in the series, four spots higher than where she ended the 2017 season. Her best WTS finish this year has been seventh in Leeds. 

Both Kasper and Spivey earned their first career WTS medals in 2017, with Kasper claiming bronze in Yokohama and Spivey earning silver in Leeds.

Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.), Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.), Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C) and Sophie Chase (Carlsbad, Calif.) will also represent the U.S. in the women’s race. 

Click here for the complete women’s start list.

The men’s race will be headlined by Spain’s Mario Mola, two-time world champion and current series leader. Mola is more than 1,000 points ahead of his closest competitor in the series, France’s Vincent Luis, who will not compete Sunday. The rest of the series’ top-five — Australia’s Jacob Birtwhistle, South Africa’s Richard Murray and Spain’s Fernando Alarza — are all on Sunday’s start list.

Leading the U.S. men is Matt McElroy (Huntington Beach, Calif.). McElroy earned a WTS career-best 11th-place finish in Hamburg in July, and collected two ITU Triathlon World Cup bronze medals earlier this season. He was a member of two medal-winning U.S. teams in the inaugural ITU Mixed Relay Series, helping the U.S. to gold in Nottingham in June and silver in Edmonton in July.

Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.), the top U.S. man at the 2017 ITU Under-23 World Championships, will also compete Sunday. Smoragiewicz placed a career-best seventh at the Astana ITU Triathlon World Cup in May and won the Magog CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup in July. 

Seth Rider (Germantown, Tenn.) rounds out the U.S. men’s contingent. He won bronze at the Clermont CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup in March, took seventh at the Antwerp ITU Triathlon World Cup in June and helped Team USA to silver at the ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series stop in Edmonton in July. 

Click here for the complete men’s start list. To view the current 2018 ITU World Triathlon Series rankings for all athletes, visit

The weekend in Montreal also features elite CAMTRI races on Saturday, and a large contingent of U.S. athletes are set to compete. The women race at 10 a.m. ET, and the men follow at 11 a.m. ET. Eight U.S. women are on the start list, including USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program athlete Mary Alex England (Carlsbad, Calif.) and 2016 USA Triathlon Collegiate Club Draft-Legal National Champion Brittany Warly (Colorado Springs, Colo.). 

Eleven U.S. men will compete, including Collegiate Recruitment Program standout Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.) and USA Triathlon Project Podium athletes Austin Hindman (Wildwood, Mo.) and Chase McQueen (Columbus, Ind.).

Click here for complete CAMTRI start lists. For the full schedule of racing in Montreal, visit

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