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September 14, 2000|HELENE ELLIOTT

Jennifer Gutierrez, a former record-setting swimmer at Pepperdine, is enjoying her newfound celebrity as the top-ranked female U.S. triathlete in a new Olympic sport--one that will also be the first medal event of these Games.

The women will compete Saturday, a day before the men.

"It's kind of nice. We're definitely getting a lot of great press, and we want to promote the sport and make it as big as we can here," said Gutierrez, who ranks 13th in the world.

Competitors will swim 1,500 meters (about a mile) in the open waters of the harbor, cycle 40 kilometers or 24.8 miles (six laps around a course in front of Sydney's Opera House), and run 10,000 meters or 6.2 miles (two laps of a course near the Opera House and Royal Botanical Gardens).

Australians Michellie Jones and Loretta Harrop will be the favorites among the women.

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