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Triathlon - 24. July 2008.

Triathlon fields Finalized for Beijing Olympics

Start numbers and transition positions assigned for all 110 athletes

Beijing 2008 Kitzbühel, Austria (July 21, 2008) - The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce the men's and women's fields for the triathlon at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games are now final. All 110 names have been confirmed by 37 different National Olympic Committees that will be represented in the sport's third Olympic Games.

This past weekend in Kitzbühel, Austria at the final world cup event before the Beijing Olympics, the start numbers and transition position for all athletes were assigned. Allocations were done in a random draw conducted by Olympic Technical Delegates Gergely Markus and Enrique Quesada and Beijing race referee Thanos Nikopoulos. The women's triathlon will be held at 10am local Beijing time (UTC/GMT +8) on Monday August 18 .

Click here for the final women's triathlon start list for the Beijing OlympicsITU

All countries were in sealed envelopes and randomly drawn one by one. The draw determined the allocation of the race numbers and the position of the athletes in transition. As each nation was drawn, the numbers were assigned to all athletes from that nation. The athletes from the same nation will be next to each other in the transition area.

The process was separate for both the women's and men's fields. The number 13 was not assigned so number 56 is the final start number.

In the women's draw, Italy was the first country pulled which means unheralded Charlotte Bonin will wear the number one start number. Germany was pulled second, followed by Switzerland. Defending Olympic gold medalist Kate Allen will wear #11 as Austria was the fifth country pulled. Portugal was among the final countries drawn so Vanessa Fernandes will wear number 54.

The pontoon draw will be done after the briefing in Beijing with the ranking order of the ITU points list as of the conclusion of the 2008 world championships.

Click here for ITU's official Olympic site


About International Triathlon Union (ITU):

The International Triathlon Union is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon and all related MultiSport disciplines: Duathlon, Aquathlon and Winter Triathlon. ITU was founded in 1989 at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France and has maintained its headquarters in Vancouver, Canada since then. It now has over 120 affiliated National Federations around the world and is the youngest International Federation in the Olympics. Triathlon was awarded Olympic status in 1994. ITU is proudly committed to supporting the development of the sport worldwide through strong relationships with continental and national federations, working with its partners to offer a balanced sport development programme from grassroots to a high-performance level. For more information, visit: www.triathlon.org

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