By Brad Culp on 31/03/10 at 5:57 am
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A preview of the series opener and the main contenders
The world’s best triathletes will return to the site of the sport’s first Olympic Games for the kick off of the 2010 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series in Sydney’s world famous harbour. With the impressive backdrop of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the city skyline, Australia’s largest city is the perfect venue to launch the 2010 season.
As Australia’s lifestyle, business and creative capital, its international aviation gateway and a leading Asia Pacific financial centre, Sydney alone accounts for a quarter of Australia’s GDP and is the nation’s economic powerhouse.
With a culturally diverse population of 4.3 million and over 140 languages spoken, Sydney is a multiple international tourism award winner with world famous attractions, international icons and some of the best hotels in the Asia-Pacific region.
An event-rich city all year round, Sydney has hosted some of the world’s biggest events including the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Rugby World Cup 2003, APEC 2007, FIFA Congress 2008, World Youth Day 2008 and the 2009 World Masters Games.
The elite course features many of the elements that made the Olympic Games triathlon such a memorable spectacle, with the transition area at the foot of the Sydney Opera House, the 1500-metre swim in Farm Cove and 40-kilometre bike leg and 10-kilometre run taking in Macquarie Street and the Cahill Expressway, overlooking Circular Quay.
Men’s race: 7:00am 11 April 2010
Women’s race: 9:45am 11 April 2010
Ones To Watch
• Bevan Docherty (NZL): 2-time Olympic medallist
• Jan Frodeno (GER): 2008 Olympic gold medallist
• Kris Gemmell (NZL): 8th in 2009 world rankings
• Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS): Winner of 2010 Mooloolaba World Cup
• Jarrod Shoemaker (USA): 10th in 2009 world rankings
• Laurent Vidal (FRA): 6th in 2009 world rankings
• Simon Whitfield (CAN): 2000 Olympic gold medallist, 2008 Olympic silver medallist
• Sarah Haskins (USA): 4th at 2009 World Championship Grand Final
• Andrea Hewitt (NZL): Winner of 2010 Oceania Championship
• Helen Jenkins (GBR): 5th in 2009 world rankings
• Emma Moffatt (AUS): Reigning ITU world champion
• Lisa Norden (SWE): 2nd in 2009 world rankings
• Daniela Ryf (SUI): 4th in 2009 world rankings
Find more details about this event - 2010 Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series Sydney