2022 World Triathlon Long Distance and Aquathlon Championships to take place in Samorin
World Triathlon is pleased to announce that the 2022 World Triathlon Multisport Championships for the Long Distance, Aquathlon and Aquabike events will take place at the iconic x-bionic® sphere sports complex, just 25km from the historic capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. The event will be hosted by Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO), and will run alongside both the Collins Cup and PTO age group races from 18-21 August 2022. The highly experienced Challenge Family team, who have delivered their flagship race The Championship at the same venue for the past 5 years, as well as the 2021 World Triathlon Multisports Championships in Almere, Netherlands have been appointed Event Delivery partner.
The Long Distance World Championships will be delivered over the 100km distance (2km swim, 80km bike and 18km run) on the Sunday, with Elite athletes, and age-groupers all vying for world titles. The Aquabike races will also take place on the Sunday, over a 2km swim and 80km bike, open for age-groupers only. The courses for 2022 will be shorter than the standard Long Distances World Triathlon Championship events to align with the existing planning of the Collins Cup..
The Aquathlon World Championships will take place on Thursday, over a 1km swim and 5km run, and with titles up for grabs in the Elite, U23, Junior, and Age-Group categories.
The Multisport Championships will offer a total prize purse for the elites of USD100,000: USD90,000 for the Long Distance and USD10,000 for the Aquathlon, with men and women having the same prize money, as with all World Triathlon events. The world’s best long distance athletes will compete in the iconic x-bionic®sphere, being watched live on TriathlonLive.
Marisol Casado, World Triathlon President and IOC member, said: “I want to thank all the parties involved in this event. I think partnering with the PTO, x-bionic®sphere and the Challenge Family will result in an event that will be a great spectacle for all the athletes and spectators as well as for the city and the region. Athletes will be able to watch many of the world’s very best long-distance triathletes in action during the weekend. We are all ready to offer all the athletes the best experience possible and to make this an unforgettable event”.
Sam Renouf, CEO of the PTO added: “We are excited to welcome World Triathlon and the athletes who’ve qualified for the 2022 World Triathlon Multisport Championships to race alongside the PTO’s flagship event, The Collins Cup. With the inclusion of age group racing to the Collins Cup for the first time giving amateurs the opportunity to meet and race alongside the world’s best PTO professionals from Team Europe, Team US and Team Internationals. The addition of the 2022 World Triathlon Multisport Championships to the event demonstrates the confidence in the organisation of PTO events as well as the fabulous venue that is the x-bionic®sphere. The additional events will add to the festival nature of the event, uniting the sport through celebration of its top athletes and will be watched by millions to help build a wider fan base.”.