Triathlon’s rising stars set to compete at world champs in Quarteira this weekend

The Netherlands' Barbara De Koning at the Edmonton World Championships 2021 Photo: Kevin Mackinnon

Some of the biggest names in the sport including Mario Mola, Taylor Knibb, Jonathan Brownlee and Ashleigh Gentle got their start as junior world champions – this weekend we’ll see another group of up and coming triathlon stars compete in Quarteira, Portugal over the sprint distance at the World Triathlon Junior Championships. The race features a 750 m swim in the Atlantic Ocean, a three-lap 20 km bike course and a flat, two-lap 5 km run.

The men race on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 1 pm CET, while the women race on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 8:45 CET. The races will be covered live on

In the men’s race Mexico’s Eduardo Nunez Gomez will wear race #1 thanks to his eighth-place finish at the Americas Triathlon Cup Ixtapa in June. Great Britain’s Daniel Dixon, who represented Team GB at the WTCS Hamburg Mixed Relay in September will be another to watch, as will Germany’s Henry Graf and Austria’s Jan Bader. Nicholas Holmes is in good form, too, after his victory at the Americas Triathlon Junior Championships in St. George, Utah last weekend.

You can find the full men’s start list here.

For the women it will be Japan’s Chisato Nakajima who will wear race #1 – she was sixth in the world juniors in Lausanne in 2019. Spain’s Maria Casals Mojica is expected to be a contender for the podium thanks to podium finishes this year in Kitzbuhel and Banyoles. The Netherlands’ Barbara De Koning finished 11th at the U23 worlds in Edmonton in August and was the youngest competitor at WTCS Hamburg this year. Mexico’s Mercedes Romero Orozoco also proved herself in an elite field, taking 12th at the World Triathlon Cup Huatulco in June. There are a pair of Canadians to watch, too – Kira Gupta-Baltazar won the NCAA qualifier in St. George last weekend, while Noemie Beaulieu took the junior title in St. George. American Faith Dasso was just behind Beaulieu in St. George, so could be in the mix this weekend as well.

You can find the full women’s start list here.