Hamburg to host World Triathlon 2023

German Triathlon Union and City of Hamburg bid successfully
16 July 2021

The 2023 World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships will be held in Hamburg as World Triathlon, the German Triathlon Union and the City of Hamburg announced in early July. Medals will be awarded in nine events during the World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships. Athletes will compete in the eliminator format, which consists of super sprint races with heats, semifinals and a final, and in the mixed relay world championships. Juniors and age groupers will compete over the sprint distance as well as in the mixed relay. The triathlon elite will compete in individual and relay races and the fast format over the super sprint distance (300 m swimming, 7 km cycling, 1.7 km running) is likely to prove a highlight. 

Successful bid

Marisol Casado, World Triathlon President and IOC Member, said: “The experience that Hamburg has organizing mayor triathlon events is unique. Hamburg has been one of the most special cities in our circuit. The spectators, the city, everything in Hamburg is just great. The athletes love it, the fans love it, the city has always been so welcoming for all of us, and Hamburg has an special link with the Mixed Relay. Some of our most successful events ever in our history have been here, and we can’t be happier of coming back to Hamburg.”

Martin Engelhardt, President of DTU, said: “I am proud that the joint bid with the city of Hamburg to stage the 2023 World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships has been successful. It is foremost an award for the Active City of Hamburg, that has proven in the past to be an outstanding and reliable host. Especially the Hamburg spectators – known for their sport enthusiasm around the world – create an atmosphere that pushes the athletes to showcase their best performance. It will be very special for the German athletes – juniors, elite and age groupers – to compete in front of a home crowd in 2023.“

Triathlon capital Hamburg

The Hanseatic city has hosted the annual Hamburg Triathlon since 2002, which was held in 2020 despite the pandemic. "By hosting the elite races in coronavirus-induced conditions last year, which attracted worldwide attention, we made it clear how important the triathlon is for Hamburg," said Andy Grote, Senator for the Interior and Sport. The Hamburg Triathlon has developed into flagship event with international appeal. "We are sticking to that and adding World Championships in 2023." This year's Hamburg Triathlon gets underway from September 17-18.