Created On: 26 June 2012

Former World Champion and three-time Olympian Tim Don is the latest star name to be included on the stellar start list for Thursday's GE Canary Wharf Triathlon on 28 June.

Don, who took gold at the 2006 ITU Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne, joins 2008 Beijing Olympics rival Jarrod Shoemaker in what promises to be an evening to remember at the iconic venue in London, just one month before the biggest show on earth descends to the city's East End.

The hugely experienced 34-year-old, who has competed at three Olympic Games in his impressive career to date, will compete at the event for the very first time, having heard the rave reports from last year's competitors.

Don said: "The GE Canary Wharf Triathlon is an event I'm really excited about. Having seen all the footage of last year and having spoken to those who took part, I know just how incredible the atmosphere is and I just can't wait to be a part of it.

"No matter what sport or industry you are part of, having the support of the public and those around you is hugely inspiring and hopefully it'll be a good buzz around the area next Thursday night.

"Obviously many will be just finishing work and it's a little out of the norm to have a triathlon taking place around your office, so I can imagine there'll be a fair few interested parties, especially if the weather stays nice and sunny."

Don is in prime form at the moment, having taken the spoils at the Toshiba Windsor Triathlon leg of the British Triathlon Super Series last weekend.

The Middlesex athlete is not taking anything for granted and having seen the strength of the start-list this time around, Don believes the GE Canary Wharf Triathlon could turn out to be one of the races of the season.

"I'm feeling physically very good at the moment and was delighted with my performance in Windsor at the weekend, which hopefully I can carry over to next week," said Don.

"I was a bit disappointed not to be able to swim, but these things happen sometimes, so it'll be great to get back into the water, especially since it'll be right in the middle of Canary Wharf, of all places.

"The line-up is looking really exciting and will be a good test for me, but I'm confident about the way I'm competing at the moment. I know guys like Jarrod [Shoemaker] and Tom [Bishop] are great athletes and it'll be nice to compete against them.

"I'm sure it'll be a great night whatever happens and I'm thoroughly looking forward to the challenge."

British terrestrial broadcaster Channel 4 has confirmed it will screen highlights of the race in two half hour specials, which will be available in high definition for the first time this year. Highlights for the women's race will air on July 15 and on July 22 for the men's race.

For more information about the British Triathlon Super Series visit www.britishtriathlonsuperseries.com

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