🏊♀️🚴🏃♀️ The London Aquatics Centre is the place to be for the Arena Triathlon Games London, the fourth and final leg of the 2023 series!
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CONGRATULATIONS to Australia’s Sophie Linn and South Afrida’s Henri Schoemann who were crowned 2023 Arena Games Triathlon powered by Zwift World Champions after a thrilling day of action at the Aquatics Centre. See below for the race day highlights.
Linn took the final podium spot in London – behind pre-race favourites Beth Potter and Cassandre Beaugrand – which was sufficient to land her the overall crown. Meanwhile Schoeman’s (an Olympic bronze medalist and Commonwealth Games champion) second place on the day, behind a breakthrough performance from Italian 23-year-old Nicolo Strada, saw him seal the overall title in the men’s race. Stay tuned here for news of Arena Games Triathlon London in 2024.
2023 EVENT PREVIEW
It’s triathlon but not as you’ve known it at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Arena Games Triathlon London – an indoor event – is once again set to wow the real and virtual crowds as the first ever triathlon esport World Championship series returns to London.
The result of a ground-breaking partnership between Super League Triathlon (SLT) and World Triathlon (WT), Arena Games Triathlon (AGT) powered by Zwift (see below for more background) is a global esports World Championship series taking place across four global cities in 2023 – Montreal (23 February), Sursee (12 March), Singapore (25 March) and London (8 April).
The best triathletes in the world take part in real-life and virtual reality blended racing, all under one roof, to provide a truly immersive viewing experience for fans whether viewing in the venue or remotely.
In 2022 France’s Cassandre Beaugrand (women’s) and Germany’s Justus Nieschlag (men’s) were the champions at Arena Games Triathlon London. A strong Team GB presence saw Beth Potter and Jess Learmonth finish on the podium in the women’s event, while home favourite Alex Yee took silver in the men’s event.
Ones To Watch
This afternoon world-class triathlon action is once again back under the roof at the Aquatics Centre with a host of star names already confirmed including Gustav Iden from Norway, the Ironman world champion who is dropping back down to short distance racing ahead of a push for the Paris Olympics in 2024.
Also coming in for the event are Britain’s Beth Potter, the 2022 Arena Games Triathlon champion, fresh off her maiden WTCS victory in Abu Dhabi, as well as France’s Cassandre Beaugrand who was victorious in London last year.
The three stars cannot compete for the overall Arena Games World Championship title, which is decided by a best result from either of the first two events of the Series in Montreal or Switzerland plus the final, but they will make things very interesting as they add further competition to a stacked field which includes 18 of the top 20 ranked women and men in the Series.
The battle to become the official triathlon esports World Champions is set to be fierce this afternoon. On the women’s side 2022 AGT Singapore Champion Zsanett Bragmayer and US star Gina Sereno are currently in poll position, but will face fierce competition in their pursuit of the crown, not least from 15 year old Fanni Szalai, who finished 3rd in Sursee.
In the men’s field Henri Schoeman is the man to beat, with a second place in Montreal and win in Sursee already to his name, but if anyone is going to challenge, it looks like his main rival will be Chase McQueen. Could the breakthrough US star and his partner Sereno be taking home his and hers Arena Games Triathlon Powered by Zwift titles this year? All will be revealed at the iconic swimming pool built for London 2012 Games.
Para triathlon will also be showcased this afternoon as stars of the sport compete on an incredible stage. Super League Triathlon has worked with British Triathlon to stage the event at the Aquatics Centre and give para triathletes an opportunity to experience the hybrid real life and virtual format in front of fans, with venue doors open from 2.15pm so that ticket holders can enjoy all the action. Paralympic gold and silver medallist Grace Norman from the USA and silver medallist Héctor Catala Laparrá and among those taking part.
Strap yourselves in an exhilarating session of action-packed triathlon with live on the ground MCs together with big screens to ensure spectators can follow every second of the racing.
TICKETS, TIMINGS & TRAVEL
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Gates open at 2.15pm.
Racing starts at 2.45pm. Race timings as follows:
2.45pm-3.30pm: Para Triathlon Race 1
4pm-4.45pm: Para Triathlon Race 2
5.30pm-6.30pm: Women’s Final
6.30pm-7.30pm: Men’s Final
Travel tips: Public transport is recommended as the easiest way to get to and from the London Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park. Stratford and Stratford International are within walking distance. Stratford is served by Central & Jubilee lines, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), London Overground and National Rail services operated by Greater Anglia and C2C. Also Stratford international station (20 minute walk) is served by Docklands Light Railway amd Southeastern High Speed 1 services. Hackney Wick station (20 minute walk) is served by the London Overground. By bus the 388, 339 and D9 services stop close to the stadium. Visit the Transport for London website to plan your journey. There is no spectator parking is available at the centre. – the closest car parks are situated in Stratford International Station and Westfield Shopping Centre Stratford.
About Arena Games Triathlon:
The Arena Games Triathlon (AGT) is a trailblazing concept pioneered by SLT, grown from an ambition to drive competitive triathlon throughout the global pandemic. 2021 saw the first multi-city version of the Games set in Rotterdam and London; the 2022 partnership with World Triathlon saw the Arena Games Triathlon return bigger and better than ever in 2022 with another visit to London and a first AGT event in Munich and an inaugural Grand Final in Singapore. In 2023 AGT will visit Montreal, Sursee, Singapore ahead of the Grand Final, this time in London, on 8 April.
The real-life and virtual reality blended racing provides an immersive viewing experience that allows fans to get up close and personal with the best triathletes in the world without leaving the comfort of their seat. The event also gives esport fans, and lovers of sports statistics, the chance to enjoy live data from the athletes in real time. Born in the COVID era but promising a new generation of stars, the Arena Games Triathlon is the future of indoor racing.
World Triathlon and Super League collaborate on all aspects of Arena Games Triathlon powered by Zwift, including scheduling, participating athletes, involvement of national federations, promotion, broadcasters, host venues and amplifying the reach of the events.
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