World Triathlon just announced that the World Triathlon Multisport Championships – consisting of the World Triathlon Long Distance Championship, Aquathlon and Aquabike – will this year be organized by the Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO), and that the race will take place in Samorin, Slovakia. The PTO will be responsible for the organization together with Challenge Family. The race will take place in the same weekend as the Collins Cup (Aug. 18-21).
Last year’s edition of the World Triathlon Long Distance Championship took place during Challenge Almere-Amsterdam and was marked by the fast times that athletes noted. The race was then won by Denmark’s Kristian Hogenhaug and Dutch’ Sarissa de Vries. While Hogenhaug’s (7:37:46) finish time saw him end up in the top ten of the fastest finish times ever, De Vries (8:32:04) broke the Dutch national record with her phenomenal race.
In 2021 the World Championship Long Distance took place over the classic triathlon distances (3.8 – 180 – 42.2), but this year athletes will cover a total distance of 100 km (2 – 80 – 18). The World Triathlon Aquabike Championship (Age Group only) will take place over that same distance; the only difference being that athletes don’t run. For the World Triathlon Aquathlon Championship, athletes will swim 1000 meters and run five km.