COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 7, 2007) -- With the all of the qualification races complete, the Team USA roster for the 2007 ITU Short Course Duathlon Worlds is nearing completion.
The event is set for May 19-20, with races slated for elites, juniors, U23s, and age groupers. The age group, elite and U23 races will be on a 10k run, 40k bike, 5k run course, while the juniors will compete on a 5k run, 20k bike, 2.5k run course.
Currently 110 age group athletes are set to compete for the U.S., with another 13 elite athletes also on the start list. The team will look to increase their podium finishes from 2006 when 23 medals were earned, including 22 at the age group level.
For the age groupers, just eight medalists return from 2006 Worlds in Cornerbrook, Canada. Leading the charge will for the women will be Suzanne Huelster (Riverton, N.J.), who finished second overall and won gold in the 30-34 age group. The only other female gold medalist from 2006 is Diane Proud (Irving, Texas), who won the title in the 55-59 category. Anne Mitchell (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.) is back to compete in the 50-54 age group after earning a silver in 2006 and grabbing a world title in 2005. Kerri Robbins (Davidsonville, Md.) won silver in 2006 in the 35-39 age group and Barb Morgan (Tioga, Pa.) grabbed bronze in 60-64.
Female Elite Team Roster
Anne Preisig (Falmouth, Mass.), 10th at 2006 Worlds
Female Junior Elites
Yasmine White (Arcata, Calif.), 2005 US National Champion; 4th at Worlds in 2006
Find out more at the event website: http://www.duathlon-wch- 2007gyor.hu/
Go to the USAT Short Course Duathlon Worlds webpage: http://www.usatriathlo n.org/AthleteFocus/TeamUSA/ShortCourseDuathlon.a spx
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