Details are confirmed for the 2016 World Triathlon Series, with governing body the ITU revealing that WTS Yokohama will offer the last chance to score Olympic Qualification Points for Rio 2016.
The 2016 series will stop in nine cities across five continents, with six races featuring Olympic distance races, and three events offering sprints.
Hamburg will serve as the final WTS event before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, which start on August 5, and will also host the Mixed Relay World Championships.
Mario Mola, Vincent Luis and Richard Murray on the run at WTS Abu Dhabi 2015
The season starts in Abu Dhabi next March, and concludes in Cozumel, Mexico with the Grand Final in September – but not before heading to Roundhay Park in Leeds for the UK leg in June. Also missing from next year’s line-up are Auckland and Chicago:
2016 World Triathlon Series
Abu Dhabi, UAE – March 4-5 – Olympic
Gold Coast, Australia – April 9-10 – Olympic
Cape Town, South Africa– April 23-24 – Sprint
Yokohama, Japan – May 14-15 – Olympic
Leeds, England – June 11-12 – Olympic
Stockholm, Sweden – July 2-3 – Olympic
Hamburg, Germany – July 16-17 – Sprint
Edmonton, Canada – September 3-4 – Sprint
Cozumel, Mexico – September 11-18 – Olympic
GB paratriathletes on a training ride in Lanzarote
Paratriathlon was accepted into the Paralympic Games in 2010 and will make its Paralympic debut in Rio 2016: British hopes run high with potential medal-winners across many categories, as demonstrated by Team GB’s strong performances at the ETU European Champs in Geneva last weekend.
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For more info on the World Triathlon Series head to www.triathlon.org.
(Images: Janos Schmidt)