Under23 World Championship Preview
The men’s Under23 World Championships will be one of the first triathlon World Champ races to kick the Grand Final off on Thursday, September 15 at 3pm. The women will follow on Friday, September 16 at 7:30am.
The Under23 athletes will complete a one 1.5km loop in the ocean, followed by eight laps over a 40km bike and ending with a four-lap 10km run.
Two-time Junior World Champion Laura Lindemann might be racing as an Under23 for the first time, but expect nothing less than a medal for the young German athlete. Lindemann is fresh off a first Olympics, which is far more experience that much of the field will have. She’s no stranger to the strongest of competition, regularly competing as an elite on the World Triathlon circuit, this year having clenched two top-10 finishes.
The British duo of Sophie Coldwell and Georgia Taylor-Brown also come to the start line packed with racing experience. Taylor-Brown also finished second in the Junior World Championships back in 2013 before skipping competition in 2014 & 2015.
The men’s Under23 start list reads like a who’s who of up and comers for men’s triathlon. Gordon Benson (GBR), who, like Lindemann, is fresh off his first bid at the Olympics, comes to Cozumel with a year of invaluable international experience. But it is Grand Sheldon who enters the World Championship race with the highest WTS finish, having finished fourth in Edmonton earlier this month against a top field.
But don’t count out Spain’s David Castro Fajardo, who finished second in the race last year. Juan Jose Andrade Figueroa (ECU), Alex Lepage (CAN), and Christophe De Keyser (BEL) all return as men in the top 10 last year.
Related Event: 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel
|Results: Elite Men|
|Results: U23 Men|
|1.||Jorik Van Egdom||NED||01:52:39|
|Results: Junior Men|
|Results: Mixed U23-Junior Relay|
|1.||Team I Spain||ESP||01:06:29|
|2.||Team I Great Britain||GBR||01:06:33|
|3.||Team I Australia||AUS||01:06:37|
|4.||Team I United States||USA||01:06:43|
|5.||Team I Russia||RUS||01:06:46|
|Results: 16-19 Male AG Sprint|
|3.||Victor Hugo Berrones||MEX||00:58:47|
|4.||Eduardo Antonio Castellanos||MEX||00:58:49|