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Top triathletes to watch in Rio

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Top triathletes to watch in Rio

Keep your eyes on these five triathletes during the 2016 Olympics

Gwen Jorgensen

Arguably no athlete in any sport was more dominant in 2014 and 2015 than Jorgensen. She won 12 consecutive World Triathlon Series races, the longest streak in history, and back-to-back triathlon world championships.

But she has looked vulnerable in 2016. She finished second in her opening WTS race of the year, and third in her most recent WTS race. 

Sarah True

True, who was fourth at the 2012 Olympics, finished second to Jorgensen in the 2014 WTS standings, and third in 2015.

She and Jorgensen were the only two women to win WTS races in both 2014 and 2015. But True’s two wins over those two years both came in races that Jorgensen skipped.

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Katie Zaferes

After a standout running career at Syracuse University, Zaferes was named the 2013 USA Triathlon Elite Rookie of the Year. She had a breakout year in 2015, finishing on the podium in six of her eight WTS races.

She won her first WTS race on July 16 in Hamburg.

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Mario Mola

Five-time world champion Javier Gomez Noya  is Spain’s most famous triathlete, but Mola has emerged from his shadow in 2016. While Gomez Noya will miss the Olympics with a broken arm, Mola has won four of his five WTS races this year. 

Alistair Brownlee

Racing in front of his home fans, Brownlee won the gold medal for Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics. 

In August 2015, he had surgery on a left ankle that he said was bothering him since 2013. He has looked faster in 2016, winning his two most recent WTS races. 


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