The world’s best triathletes will battle it out at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final on the Gold Coast this week, with all the action kicking off at Broadwater Parklands from Wednesday.
The five day competition will see more than 5,000 of the world’s best elite and age group triathletes go head to head in the final event of the 2018 season.
The 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final will celebrate the diversity of the sport of triathlon with athletes competing in Elite, Under 23, Junior and Elite Paratriathlon categories as well as the U23 | Junior Mixed Team Relay and Age Group – Standard and Sprint Distance races.
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The biggest names on the triathlon circuit, who have been racing in the World Triathlon Series (WTS) in order to gain points towards their overall ranking, will be contending for World Titles and series triumph.
Spain’s Mario Mola has had another remarkable season and will lead onto the elite men’s Grand Final start line as the Series leader. However the World Title is still in major contention with Australia’s Jake Birtwhistle sitting in second place while Frenchman Vincent Luis is in third position on the rankings scale.
America’s Katie Zafares leads the women’s rankings with British triathletes Vicky Holland and Georgia Taylor-Brown currently in third.
Marisol Casado, President of the International Triathlon Union, said she honoured to welcome athletes to the Grand Final on the Gold Coast.
“We return to Australia to witness the culmination of what has been seven months of superb WTS action since the season began in Abu Dhabi in March. Australia and ITU have a long shared history and it is fitting that beautiful Queensland becomes our final WTS destination for 2018,” she said.
“It is events like this that give us the opportunity of share with the world the unique thrill of triathlon, the incredible comradery of the athletes and the power of sport to bring people together.”
Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the event was a welcome addition to the Queensland events calendar.
“Hosting the final provides a great opportunity to showcase why the Gold Coast is the perfect location for athletes to train, compete and celebrate their victories, with the amazing scenery and tourism experiences on offer.”
For more information on the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, visit: goldcoast.triathlon.org/