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Juniors To Take Centerstage at World Triathlon Championships in Canada

Jule Behrens is rated the top contender at the Junior World Triathlon championships. (World Triathlon)

Montreal will host 1500 international amateur athletes plus the world’s elite at the World Triathlon Sprint and Relay Championships.

At the 2022 Junior World Championships, qualifying athletes aged 16-19 hit the start lines in Canada, including the defending champion Jule Behrens (GER) and the silver medallists in Quarteira Tilda Mansson (SWE) and João Batista (POR).

The sprint-distance course starts in the waters of the Bassin Alexandra for a 750m swim, transitioning uphill to the 19.3km bike through four laps of the city streets before a two-lap, 5km run to the titles.

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Women’s preview
Last year’s race belonged to Germany’s Jule Behrens, and with plenty of fine-tuning racing in Europe last month, Behrens has a great chance of leaving Canada with another World Championship medal.

Like last year, Chisato Nakajima wears the number one, however, thanks in part to her Africa Triathlon Cup win in Accra two weeks ago. She is joined on the start line by Japan teammate Kotomi Anzai, who made her World Cup debut in Huatulco and put in a great swim before falling off the pace with transition troubles.

Current Junior European Champion Tilda Mansson will also be among the favourites after a string of strong results since her world championship silver in November. Clara Normand and Noemie Beaulieu lead the line for Canada, both finishing inside the top 30 last year.

Making her first World Triathlon start, Emma Olson-Keating is the top-ranked Australian, Ilona Hadoum of France, Julia Brocker and Marta Kropko. South America is well represented with Chile’s Alina Codjambassis, Julia Munhoz of Brazil, Peru’s Gianella Debra Coaguila Pita and the Puerto Rican talent Zoe Adam among the names starting with medal dreams.

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Chisato Nakajima will wear the number one at the World Championship race. (World Triathlon)

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Men’s preview
Portugal’s Joao Nuno Batista edged a big sprint finish with Britain’s Dominic Coy to earn silver in Quarteira last year and will want to follow in his older brother’s footsteps and top the podium just as Ricardo did in Lausanne back in 2019.

Lining up alongside, Miguel Espuna Larramona was a top-10 finisher in Portugal, Andree Buc (CHI) was the silver medallist in the St George Americas Junior Championships late last year, and Latvia’s Arturs Liepa who arrives in fine form after Junior Cup wins.

New Zealand’s Ivan Abele arrives off the back of a Europe Triathlon Cup bronze, Leo Fernandez the highest-ranked Frenchman on the start list and another showing excellent form coming in after gold in Olsztyn.

Read the full article on World Triathlon.