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WTS Coverage begins Friday at 7:30 pm (ET)

Edmonton will host the WTS this weekend for the fifth time, the first stop for the WTS on its Canada 2018 tour. With the racing taking place in the early evening, the environment will be stunning as the world’s best race along the city’s river valley. Racing begins Friday with the Paratriathlon and elite men and women races, followed by the mixed relay on Saturday.

Some of the sports top athletes will be in Edmonton this weekend, including WTS Hamburg winner and world number one, Mario Mola. However, he will have the best to deal with, including the South African Richard Murray. In recent years Murray has enjoyed lots of success in Edmonton with a win in 2015. Other top contenders this weekend on the men’s side include Jonathon Brownlee (GBR), Vincent Luis (FRA), Jacob Britwhistle (AUS) and Canada’s own, Tyler Mislawchuk.

This year Mislawchuk has been having a breakout season as he looks to finish the season inside the top 10 of the WTS world rankings. Highlights this season have included a podium at the World Cup in Antwerp, a career-best fourth at WTS Yokohama and two weeks ago an eighth at WTS Hamburg. Mislawchuk will be joined by teammates Matthew Sharpe and Tyler Forbes.

On the women’s side, it will be world leader Sarah Zaferes who will wear the number one race bib. She will be pushed by names like Rachel Klamer (NED), Vicky Holland (GBR), teammate Kirsten Kasper and top-ranked Canadian Joanna Brown. Earlier this year, Brown won bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. After racing around the world this season, Brown and her Canadian teammates will look to have a big performance on home soil. Joining Brown in the individual race will be Amelie Kretz.

Photo by Wagner Araujo / ITU Media – Athlete during the 2016 Edmonton WTS World Triathlon Series in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on September 4, 2016.