World Triathlon Series gets new scoring system

Athletes encouraged to race more, with points available at five events

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(Image: ITU/Delly Carr)

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The International Triathlon Union has revamped its scoring system for this year’s World Triathlon Series, in order to encourage athletes to take part in more WTS races.

Athletes are now allowed to score points at five (rather than four) of this year’s seven WTS events, in addition to the Grand Final. Each race will offer 800 points, while the Grand Final in Edmonton, Canada will offer 1,200 points.

With the Brownlee brothers telling Sportbeatz last year that they work in tandem to improve their chances against Spain’s Javier Gomez, this change to the points system could make the 2014 WTS season even more exciting.

The tour starts in Auckland this April and then continues to Cape Town, Yokohama, London, Chicago, Hamburg and Stockholm, before concluding with the Grand Final in Edmonton, Canada.

The ITU also confirmed that the 2014 Mixed Relay World Championship will again take place in Hamburg, with the host nation Germany automatically qualifying, along with the remaining top 11 teams from last year. 

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For more information on the new WTS points system, click here.