ITU World Championships starts today with the Aquathlon event
The Grand Final of the World Triathlon Series starts today in Chicago with the Aquathlon World Championships.
The event consists of 750 meters swimming followed by 5km run, however it is important to mention that the standard aquathlon distances starts and ends with a 2.5k run, with a swim in between, however due to the wetsuit requirement in Chicago, the run will be all combined after the swim.
The World Aquathlon Championships happens yearly since 1998, consists of age groupers, elites, under-23, juniors and paratriathlon athletes. Among the world champions there are some legends of the sport such as Craig Alexander (AUS), Tin Don (GBR), Kris Gemmell (NZL), Matt Reed (AUS).
About the Grand Final in Chicago
Over 3.783 athletes from 64 different countries will be taking part of all the sprint and Olympic distance triathlon events this week.
The main events are the female elite race on Friday, 18th, at 5pm local time, while the men will decide the world title at the same time on Saturday the 19th. Both events will be covered live by ITU’s website triathlonlive.tv – while the age group race will have a live stream camera covering the finish line.
AsiaTRI will be covering the event, below is the week’s schedule (all Chicago time):
10:00 Aquathlon World Championships
18:00 Opening Ceremony (Butler Field/Tri-Festival)
07:00 World Championships Men’s Under-23
10:00 World Championships Sprint Distance – Age groupers
16:30 World Championships Men’s Junior
07:00 World Championships Paratriathlon
11:30 World Championships Women’s Under-23
14:30 World Championships Women’s Junior
17:00 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Women
6:30 Open event (not requiring qualification)– Age Groupers
9:30 Open even– Paratriathlon
10:10 Olympic Distance World Championships – Age Groupers
17:00 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Men
20:00 Closing Ceremony
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