Katie Zaferes and Greg Billington, both 2016 Olympians, are among eight U.S. athletes in Yokohama, Japan, this week to compete in the third stop in the 2017 World Triathlon Series.
Zaferes enters the competition with a second-place spot in the WTS rankings, trailing only three-time Olympian Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand.
She’ll be joined in the elite women’s race Saturday (9 p.m. ET Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday Yokohama time) by Renee Tomlin, who is ranked ninth and had a fourth-place finish in the 2015 WTS Yokohama event. Other U.S. women in the race: Kirsten Kasper, who finished third in last week’s world cup stop in Chengdu, China, and is ranked 12th in the WTS standings; Summer Cook, who is ranked 18th; and Taylor Spivey, who is ranked 21st.
Billington leads three U.S. men into the competition with a No. 8 WTS ranking. Also entered in Saturday’s elite men’s race are Matthew McElroy and Eric Lagerstrom.
Webcast: 9 p.m. ET Friday, triathlonlive.tv