Katie Zaferes nabs final USA Triathlon Olympic spot for Rio

The former steeplechaser for Syracuse will head to her first Olympics in Rio.
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Katie Zaferes has been named to the USA Triathlon team for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro joining Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah True as the women's representatives in Brazil.

Rio will be Zaferes' first Olympics. Before committing to the triathlon, she was a runner and steeplechaser for Syracuse.

Jorgensen and True automatically qualified for the team at the Olympic test event on Aug. 2, 2015 in Rio. Zaferes was sixth at the test event. Last summer, she also took second at the ITU World Triathlon series stop in Stockholm on Aug. 22, which was one of six podium finishes for her on the year.

She finished last year ranked No. 5 in the world.

Most recently, Zaferes took sixth in Yokohama, Japan with Jorgensen finishing ahead for the victory. It was the final Olympic qualifying event and Zaferes was locked in.

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Her husband shared this video of her receiving the call for Rio:

Greg Billington, Ben Kanute and Joe Maloy will be the USA Triathlon male athletes.