San Diego – make or break for Olympic spot Stef Hanson. Chief. May 11, 2012 Race Previews Photo courtesy of Ryan Ives San Diego… If you are an Anchorman fan (look it up), has a very different meaning to what it means in the triathlon world. San Diego is the birthplace of the modern triathlon. Back in 1974, the San Diego Mission Bay Track Club completed a 5.3mile run (8.53km), a 5mile ride (8km), followed by a 600yard swim (549m). Fifteen years later the ITU was formed. This weekend, triathletes return to San Diego for the second race in the ITU World Series, and the first time an ITU race has been held in this city. Historically speaking it represents the growth of our young sport, and currently speaking it represents an opportunity for some of the greatest athletes to battle it out for points, prize money and help confirm some Olympics spots. The likes of Helen Jenkins from Great Britain who already has her Olympic spot, will be racing for points this weekend. With the Australian Olympic spots still up for grabs, our Aussie contingent consists of Erin Densham, Emma Jackson, Emma Snowsill, Ashleigh Gentle, Felicity Abram and Emmat Moffat, who already has a spot on the Olympic team. It’s going to be a very tight race, and this could make or break Olympic selections. Here’s hoping for some podiums. To watch the race live, you can log into: http://triathlonlive.tv/live_event/9685/ – but you will have to pay. The women’s event is Saturday 7am (AEST), and the men’s is Sunday 7:30am (AEST). We will have a full race report on the site tomorrow. # Name Country # Name Country # Name Country 1 Helen Jenkins GBR 26 Debbie Tanner NZL 50 Yi Zhang CHN 2 Emma Moffatt AUS 27 Maaike Caelers NED 51 Vendula Frintova CZE 3 Erin Densham AUS 28 Gillian Sanders RSA 52 Line Jensen DEN 4 Emma Jackson AUS 29 Marina Damlaimcourt ESP 53 Romina Palacio Balena ARG 5 Gwen Jorgensen USA 30 Lauren Campbell CAN 54 Yi Wang CHN 6 Juri Ide JPN 31 Katrien Verstuyft BEL 55 Fabienne St Louis MRI 7 Anne Haug GER 32 Lisa Mensink NED 56 Chantell Widney CAN 8 Rachel Klamer NED 33 Annamaria Mazzetti ITA 57 Vanessa Raw GBR 9 Kathy Tremblay CAN 34 Sarissa De Vries NED 58 Kaisa Lehtonen FIN 10 Ai Ueda JPN 35 Irina Abysova RUS 59 Lisa Perterer AUT 11 Mariko Adachi JPN 36 Tomoko Sakimoto JPN 60 Jillian Petersen USA 12 Non Stanford GBR 37 Claudia Rivas MEX 61 Felicity Abram AUS 14 Nicky Samuels NZL 38 Jessica Harrison FRA 62 Caiping Jiao CHN 15 Ashleigh Gentle AUS 39 Elizabeth Bravo ECU 63 Kaitlin Shiver USA 16 Vicky Holland GBR 40 Sarah Groff USA 64 Lydia Waldmüller AUT 17 Elizabeth May LUX 41 Carole Peon FRA 65 Anahi Leon MEX 18 Emma Snowsill AUS 42 Sarah-Anne Brault CAN 66 Sarah Fladung GER 19 Maria Czesnik POL 43 Yuliya Yelistratova UKR 67 Kelly Whitley USA 20 Laura Bennett USA 44 Flora Duffy BER 69 Lois Rosindale GBR 21 Kate Roberts RSA 45 Carlyn Fischer RSA 70 Lindsey Jerdonek USA 22 Yuka Sato JPN 46 Melanie Annaheim SUI 71 Jenna Parker USA 23 Pamela Oliveira BRA 47 Daniela Ryf SUI 72 Kristi Johnson USA 24 Liz Blatchford GBR 48 Sarah Haskins USA 25 Jodie Stimpson GBR 49 Radka Vodickova CZE Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName Email Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.