The organization behind this weekend’s World Triathlon Championship Series in Montreal announced that all races that were scheduled for Friday will turn into a duathlon format due to heavy rain fall. “Overnight, we had a significant amount of rain (over 40 mm/m2) in Montreal and as a result, the city had to open the gates of the pipe sewers to St Lawrence river to avoid flooding in the city”, the organization states in a press release.
“Considering this circumstance, and to protect the health of athletes, the decision has been made to cancel the swim for all races planned for Friday, therefor the Junior World Championships, as well as the qualifiers and repachages of the World Triathlon Championship Series Montreal, planned for Friday, will be a duathlon race. No decision has been made yet for races on Saturday or Sunday, but holding duathlon qualifiers does not prevent the Saturday finals being triathlon.”
Today at 8AM (EDT, local time) the Junior World Championships kick off with the women’s race. At 10AM, the men follow. At 12PM and 12:40PM, the two waves of the women’s qualifier races are scheduled. Two hours later – at 2PM and 2:40PM – the men will start their qualification event. Athletes who haven’t claimed a slot in the qualifier events will get a final chance to qualify during the repachage: women (4PM and 4:40PM) and the men (6PM and 6:40PM).