By Daria Belov

For you triathlon lovers, the 2009 ITU World Championship Series makes a stop in Washington, DC this weekend, with live online coverage June 21. The series of seven world championship triathlon events began in May of this year in Tongyeong, South Korea. The second race was held May 30 and 31st in Madrid, Spain. The world championship series continues in Washington DC this weekend. Watch it live online via Universal Sports.

ITU Triathlon World Championship Women(photo: elite triathlon women — credit: darkness via Flickr)

Billed as the Dextro Energy Triathlon — the ITU World Championship Series 2009 is a series of seven World Championship Triathlon Events leading to a Grand Final being held in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia in September 2009. The Series is organised under the auspices of the world governing body of triathlon – the International Triathlon Union (ITU) – and is sponsored by Dextro Energy.

Triathlon enthusiasts seeking to watch the events online, can tune in Sunday to UniversalSports.com for live coverage. Universal Sports is providing live coverage of the Washington DC event. Fans can tune in online and watch the world’s elite triathletes compete head-to-head in this one-of-a-kind athletic event.

Points leader Dmitry Polyansky from Russia leads the elite men’s field, which includes U.S. triathletes Jarrod Shoemaker, Hunter Kemper and Andy Potts in the nation’s capital. The women’s field features great competition from a pair of Australians: Emma Moffatt and Emma Snowsill. This is the only North American stop in the ITU World Championship series.

Fans can visit UniversalSports.com for up-to-date broadcast schedules, highlights, breaking news, video highlights, special features, photo galleries and more. The race schedule is as follows: June 21 Men’s Elite Race 9:05am ET Live — June 21 Women’s Elite Race 11:40am ET Live.

This year’s prize purses offer top performers a significant amount more weddings than for previous world championship triathlon events. A reported total of $700,000 will be distributed, with an additional $150,000 distributed at each of the 2009 world championship triathlon events, and $250,000 award at the grand final in Gold Coast Australia.

The triathlon world championships continue in July with a stop in Austria and then in Hamburg Germany. August events are scheduled to be held in London and Yokohama, Japan. The finals are on September 9-13 in Australia.

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