Hamburg next up on World Triathlon Championship Series


Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July sees a return of World Triathlon Championship Series racing with both individual and mixed relay action.

Beth Potter heads to Hamburg as the highest ranked athlete on the female start list, with Sian Rainsley and Kate Waugh competing in the sprint distance race in Germany off the back of 15th and 29th place finishes at AJ Bell 2022 World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds a month ago.

Rainsley (5th) and Waugh (9th) both recorded top-10 finishes in 2021, while Potter secured her highest World Triathlon Championship Series (WTCS) result and first WTCS medal in Montreal last time out.

Olympic champion, Flora Duffy (BER), and Americans Taylor Spivey and Summer Rappaport will line up in Germany alongside last year’s winner and home athlete Laura Lindemann (GER).

In the men’s race, Sam Dickinson competes having been part of the silver medal winning mixed relay team in Montreal, with Barclay Izzard returning to Hamburg having finished 19th at the 2020 edition.

This will be Dickinson’s first time competing in the city, whilst the 2020 race is Izzard’s only WTCS race to date and he returns to the city having medalled twice so far this year, both at Europe Triathlon Cup events.

International athletes competing include winner of the race in Leeds, Hayden Wilde (NZL), with Leo Bergere (FRA) wearing number one. Also on the start list is home athlete Tim Hellwig who took the win in 2021.

Taking place in the city centre, the sprint distance race will see athletes complete a 750m swim in Binnenalster Lake and Kleine Alster, before biking 21km across six 3.5km laps and finishing with two 2.5km laps on the run in the individual races.

The flat and technical bike course will provide fast, action packed racing through the streets of Hamburg before the run leads athletes to the finish line at Rathausmarkt in-front of the town hall.

The women’s race starts at 13:35 local time (12:35 BST) with the men’s race starting at 15:35 (14:35 BST). Both races will be shown on BBC Sport and TriathlonLIVE.

Following the individual races on Saturday, Sunday will see national teams of two men and two women line up for the mixed relay.

Starting with one of the male athletes, before alternating female-male-female, each athlete will complete a 300m swim, 6.5km bike and 1.7km run.

The course will take place within the footprint of the individual events the previous day, with the tight and technical course adding to the excitement of mixed relay racing with plenty of changes in discipline and athlete.

Similarly to the individual racing on Saturday, the mixed relay will be shown live on BBC and TriathlonLIVE, with the first athletes diving in at 15:00 (14:00 BST).



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