Thursday, June 5, 2008

Olympic hopefuls square off at triathlon worlds

Olympic hopefuls square off at triathlon worlds

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 4, 2008 | 11:52 AM ET
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Paul Tichelaar of Edmonton will be trying for a top-eight finish at the world championships in Vancouver. (Dan Galbraith/Canadian Press)
Some of the world's best triathletes are gathering in Vancouver this week for the world championships, an event that also serves as an Olympic qualifier.

The men's elite race on Sunday will pit Spanish star Javier Gomez against Canadian Simon Whitfield. The rivals finished first and second, respectively, in last year's world rankings.

Whitfield, who won the gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Games, and compatriot Lauren Groves have already secured Olympic berths because of stong results over the past two seasons.

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