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2016 ITU World Triathlon championship titles on the line in Cozumel

After eight thrilling ITU World Triathlon Series races this year, the men’s and women’s elite World Championship titles will be decided in heated battles this week at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel from September 14-18. In the women’s race, Flora Duffy (BER) has dominated the Columbia Threadneedle Rankings and will have a chance to claim her first-ever World Championship crown. However, Olympic gold medallist Gwen Jorgensen (USA) is just 166 points behind Duffy, so the women’s race is expected to be a tight head-to-head battle, with Duffy having to finish in the top two in Cozumel if Jorgensen wins the race on Saturday.

Photo by Wagner Araujo / ITU Media
Photo by Wagner Araujo / ITU Media

Likewise, on the men’s side it’s also another close match-up between Spaniard Mario Mola and Great Britain’s two-time Olympic medallist Jonathan Brownlee. The two men are only separated by 235 points, meaning the title will all be decided in Cozumel. If Brownlee wins the race on Sunday, Mola needs third or better to win the overall world title.

The week-long Grand Final event will be jam-packed with races outside of the elite line ups. Juniors, U23, age groupers, mixed relays and the aquathlon World Championship will also be decided hroughout the week, with the first World title being given out tomorrow, Wednesday, September 14.

ABOUT THE RACE: 
The Cozumel Grand Final will mark the fourth time the popular beach resort has hosted an ITU race, with the city having hosted a World Cup every year since 2013. In its first year hosting the World Cup, Olympic silver medallist Javier Gomez and Olympic gold medallist Nicola Spirig each stormed through the race to win in dominating fashion. Spirig returned the next year to again take the title. With its clear ocean waters and colorful city as a background, Cozumel is one of the most picturesque races to hit the ITU calendar.

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SCHEDULE:
Aquathlon Men – September 14 – 08:00 Click here for a time in your area
Aquathlon Women – September 14 – 08:05 Click here for a time in your area
Age group sprint – September 15 – 06:45 Click here for a time in your area
Under23 Men – September 15 – 15:00  Click here for a time in your area
Under23 Women – September 16 – 07:30 Click here for a time in your area
Junior Men – September 16 – 15:00  Click here for a time in your area
Junior Women – September 16 – 17:00 Click here for a time in your area
Junior/U23 Mixed Relay  – September 17 – 09:00 Click here for a time in your area
Elite Women – September 17 – 15:30 Click here for a time in your area
Age group standard – September 18 – 06:45 Click here for a time in your area
Elite Men – September 18 – 15:00 Click here for a time in your area

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