Ishigaki, Japan (April 10, 2008) - The longest running world cup in ITU history will be staged this Sunday in Ishigaki, the southern most city in Japan. A tough course in hot humid conditions will offer athletes a similar setting to the Olympic venue in Beijing. Many top athletes have traveled to Japan for this year's Ishigaki BG Triathlon World Cup including Australian Emma Snowsill who won the season opener in her home country two weeks ago. The three-time world champion is expected to clash with New Zealand's Debbie Tanner for gold, two of the premiere runners in the sport. Japanese fans will be cheering a large home team that includes double Olympian Kiyomi Niwata and Juri Ide who's coming off a top ten performance at the highly competitive Mooloolaba BG Triathlon World Cup.
Athletes to Watch - Elite Women:
Emma Snowsill (AUS) - 3-time world champion, nominated to 2008 Australian Olympic team
Debbie Tanner (NZL) - 2006 Ishigaki winner, selected to 2008 New Zealand Olympic team
Anja Dittmer (GER) - 7-time world cup winner, nominated to 2008 German Olympic team
Nicola Spirig (SUI) - 2007 European championships bronze medalist
Hollie Avil (GBR) - 2007 junior world champion
Juri Ide (JPN) - currently highest ranked Japanese woman
Kiyomi Niwata (JPN) - two-time Olympian
Click here for complete women's start list
Valuable ITU Olympic qualifying points will be on the line along with a $100,000 USD prize purse. The race will be standard Olympic distance: 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run. Live coverage will be available online at triathlon.org. Click here for more event information
Elite Women - 1:00pm on Sunday April 13 (Japan time; UTC/GMT +9)
Elite Men - 3:45pm on Sunday April 13 (Japan time; UTC/GMT +9)
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