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Olympic Medalists to Chase Top Prize at 5150 U.S. Championship


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The fields are set for the 2012 Hy-Vee 5150 U.S. Championship Elite Cup races on Sept. 2 in downtown Des Moines. The world's best 30 men and women will battle for their stake of the sport's largest-ever triathlon prize purse totaling $1.1 Million dollars. The battle will be for 1st place, where the top male and female elite triathletes will cash in on a $151,500 check.

The gold and silver medalists in men's triathlon at the recent Olympic Games in London have accepted special invitations to compete in the Hy-Vee 5150 U.S. Championship Elite Cup race in Des Moines on September 2.

Gold medalist Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain and silver medalist Javier Gomez of Spain join the women's gold and silver medalists - Nicola Spirig of Switzerland and Lisa Norden of Sweden - in what Hy-Vee Triathlon organizers are calling the event's strongest professional field to date.

"Olympic gold medalists, world champions, Ironman and Ironman 70.3 champions - this is going to be the most diverse, most exciting field we've ever had," said Darin Hirl, event director. "Fans will be able to see the biggest names in triathlon racing for the biggest purse in triathlon history."

Brownlee and Gomez join other notable names in the men's field, including four-time U.S. Olympian Hunter Kemper; 2010 Ironman world champion Chris McCormack of Australia; former ITU world champion and Hy-Vee Triathlon winner Tim Don of Great Britain; and Ironman 70.3 medalists Filip Ospaly of the Czech Republic and Tim O'Donnell and Matt Reed of the U.S.

On the women's side, Olympic medalists Nicola Spirig and Lisa Norden will be racing against reigning Ironman 70.3 champion Melissa Rollison of Australia; former ITU world champion and Ironman and Ironman 70.3 medalist Leanda Cave of Great Britain; and U.S. Olympian Sarah Groff, who finished a close fourth in London.

HY-VEE 5150 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP ELITE CUP:

Men's Start List Country Women's Start List Country
Filip Ospaly CZE Lisa Norden* SWE
Tim O'Donnell USA Alicia Kaye USA
Greg Bennett* AUS Liz Blatchford GBR
Matt Reed USA Kelly Williamson USA
Jordan Jones USA Sarah Haskins USA
David Thompson USA Margaret Shapiro USA
Clark Ellice NZL Becky Lavelle USA
James Seear AUS Laura Bennett USA
Paul Matthews AUS Daniela Ryf CHE
Joshua Amberger AUS Radka Vodickova CZE
Benjamin Collins USA Angela Naeth CAN
Chris Foster USA Jodie Stimpson GBR
Cameron Dye USA Jillian Petersen USA
Stuart Hayes GBR Leanda Cave GBR
Travis Johnston ZAF Annabel Luxford AUS
Mark Threlfall GBR Laurel Wassner USA
Ruedi Wild CHE Maria Czesnik POL
Tim Reed AUS Nicola Spirig CHE
Csaba Kuttor HUN Lauren Brandon USA
Kaleb VanOrt USA Lucie Zelenkova CZE
Michael Fox AUS Jenna Parker USA
Kris Gemmell NZL Lisa Marangon AUS
Ivan Kalashnikov RUS Jennifer Tetrick USA
Dylan McNeice NZL Amanda Felder Derkacs USA
Damian Hill USA Sarah Gray USA
Chris McCormack AUS Melissa Rollison AUS
Hunter Kemper USA Sarah Groff USA
Tim Don GBR    
Alistair Brownlee GBR    
Javier Gomez ESP * = 2011 5150 U.S. CHAMPION  

Expect to see some fast action from the elites out on the course as every triathlete participating in the 5150 U.S. Championship Elite Cup race will walk away with prize money. They are awarding money all the way down to 30th place, which is $3,000 plus athletes will have a chance at the $5,150 bonus awarded to each person leading a lap, with a total of 10 laps for each of the men and women.

2011 Hy-Vee 5150 Elite Cup Prize Purse

Men
Place
Women
$151,500
1
$151,500
$75,000
2
$75,000
$50,000
3
$50,000
$25,000
4
$25,000
$20,000
5
$20,000
$18,000
6
$18,000
$16,000
7
$16,000
$14,000
8
$14,000
$12,000
9
$12,000
$10,000
10
$10,000
$9,500
11
$9,500
$9,000
12
$9,000
$8,500
13
$8,500
$8,000
14
$8,000
$7,500
15
$7,500
$7,000
16
$7,000
$6,500
17
$6,500
$6,000
18
$6,000
$5,500
19
$5,500
$5,000
20
$5,000
$4,800
21
$4,800
$4,600
22
$4,600
$4,400
23
$4,400
$4,200
24
$4,200
$4,000
25
$4,000
$3,800
26
$3,800
$3,600
27
$3,600
$3,400
28
$3,400
$3,200
29
$3,200
$3,000
30
$3,000
$503,000
Total
$503,000
 
$1,006,000

Lap Bonus
Each / 10 Laps*
Lap Bonus
$5,150
$103,000
$5,150
 
TOTAL PRIZE PURSE
 
 
>> $1,109,000 <<
 

Live video streaming will be setup for the Hy-Vee 5150 U.S. Championship Elite Cup on Sunday, September 4th. Visit the event website www.hy-veetriathlon.com for further details.

Photo Credit: Paul Phillips
 
 
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