Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Hamilton to race Nevada Silverman triathlon

Tyler Hamilton,
whose two year ban for blood doping ran out last week,
will be part of a professional relay team in the
Nevada Silverman Triathlon on November 12.
The team will also include Ernest Kimeli and Erik Vendt,
and will be aiming for the $100,000 up for grabs
for the first team that can break the eight hour mark
for the full distance course
(3.8 km swim/180 km ride/42.2 km run).
While Hamilton's credentials are well known among cyclists,
the other two members of his team are also accomplished.
Ernest Kimeli has run a 2:11 marathon and 1:04 half marathon,
while Erik Vendt is a world class swimmer,
winning a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics
and is the American record holder in 1500m free (scm)
and the former American record-holder in 1500m free (lcm).
He was the first American to ever break
15 minutes in the latter event.
"The competition for the $100,000.00 has just heated up,"
said Frank Lowery, of Lowery’s Multisport Races.
"This high profile relay team, led by Tyler Hamilton
will surely put the pressure on other professional
relay teams that have registered for the Silverman
including Chris Lieto, Jamie Patrick and Brian Astell.
We could witness a historical athletic moment
if one of these teams breaks 8 hours on our course."
So far, no relay team has managed to beat the
eight hour mark in a full-length triathlon.
The organisers specified that they will carry out
drug testing at the event.
"All participants will be subject to testing
which will be conducted in accordance with the
World Anti-Doping Agencies International Standards for Doping Control.
The specific details of the testing program
will be announced to all participants
prior to the event," they stated.
watch this space for results . . .

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