Why it matters: Ironman World Champion Gustav Iden and three-time Olympic gold medallist Jonathan Brownlee will be among the star names racing in the Arena Games Triathlon World Championship Series final in London on April 8.
Setting the pace: Norwegian star Gustav Iden, who won the long distance title in Kona last year, is dropping back down to short distance racing ahead of the Paris Olympics in 2024.
Three-time Olympic gold medallist Jonathan Brownlee will also be competing in the event, aiming for a fourth Olympic medal in Paris. In addition, British champion Beth Potter and French champion Cassandre Beaugrand will also be racing.
What they are saying:
- "I'm excited to be racing the final of the Arena Games Triathlon World Championship Series in London, it's always a special place to race." - Jonathan Brownlee
- "It's great to have such a stacked field at the Arena Games Triathlon final in London, it should be a fantastic event." - Beth Potter
By the numbers:
- The event features 18 of the top 20 ranked women and men in the Series.
- The official triathlon esports World Champions are expected to be Chase McQueen and Henri Schoeman in the men's field, and Gina Sereno and Zsanett Bragmayer in the women's.
Between transition: The event will take place at the London Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The four stars cannot compete for the overall World Championship title, which is decided by the best result from either of the first two events of the Series in Montreal or Switzerland plus the final.
Through time: Jonathan Brownlee is a three-time Olympic medalist, having won bronze at the London 2012 and silver at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and gold at the Leeds 2018 World Triathlon Series. Gustav Iden won the Ironman World Championships in Kona last year and has also won two Ironman 70.3 World Championships.
The bottom line: The Arena Games Triathlon World Championship Series final in London on April 8 will feature top triathletes from around the world, including Ironman World Champion Gustav Iden and three-time Olympic gold medallist Jonathan Brownlee.