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):

Wednesday 16/9

10:00 Aquathlon World Championships

18:00 Opening Ceremony (Butler Field/Tri-Festival)

Thursday, 17/9

07:00 World Championships Men’s Under-23

10:00 World Championships Sprint Distance – Age groupers

16:30 World Championships Men’s Junior

Friday, 18/9

07:00 World Championships Paratriathlon

11:30 World Championships Women’s Under-23

14:30 World Championships Women’s Junior

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17:00 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Women

Saturday 19/9

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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