World Triathlon has this week announced that the north-western Spanish city of Pontevedra will play host to the 2023 World Triathlon Championship Finals.
A previous setting for multiple World Triathlon and multisport events, the city will welcome top elites, age-groupers and elite paratriathletes as they battle it out for glory under the beating sun.
Pontevedra is a seafront city in Galicia known for its charming old town, art and history. It sits near the Portuguese border and the cultural hub of Santiago de Compostela.
Pontevedra is known as the stomping ground of five-time world champion Javier Gomez, who said: “Words can not describe how excited I am that a small town like Pontevedra, my hometown, will be now amongst the top cities to host triathlon events.”
The World Triathlon Championship Final is the grand finale of World Triathlon’s race calendar, with the 2022 event already set to take place in Abu Dhabi. Previous host cities include London, Edmonton, Lausanne, Auckland and Beijing.
The race weekend will comprise of elite, U23, paratri and age-group standard distance, supersprint distance and aquabike championship events.
World Triathlon President and IOC member Marisol Casado said: “We are delighted that Pontevedra, which has proven to be a fantastic host of multiple sports in the World Triathlon calendar, will now welcome the best triathletes of the world for the Championship Finals in 2023”.
Top image: Javier Gomez racing ITU Triathlon World Cup Pontevedra 2019 / World Triathlon