It’s the final countdown to this year’s Ironman 70.3 World Champs, and defending champions Javier Gomez (ESP) and Daniela Ryf (SUI) will have a tough race on their hands in Austria next weekend (30 August).
While Ryf is undoubtedly favourite for the women’s race, no fewer than five Brits will be trying to stop her: Jodie Swallow, who must fancy her chances of winning after coming second in Mont-Tremblant last year, along with Susie Cheetham, Parys Edwards, Emma-Kate Lidbury and Holly Lawrence.
Other speedy females will include Meredith Kessler (USA), Heather Wurtele (CAN), Camilla Pedersen and Mary Beth Ellis (USA). For the complete start list, head here.
That’s not all though – with 2,700 athletes expected to race in Zell am See-Kaprun, the vast majority will be age-groupers. Around 130,000 athletes race 70.3 around the world each year, so just getting to the start line is a huge achievement.
The United States will supply the most (629 registered competitors), followed by Germany (308), Australia (237) and Great Britain (214). Other athletes from countries as far as Macau, Vietnam and Guam are traveling around the globe for their shot at the title.
The 2015 Ironman 70.3 World Championship can be viewed race day on www.ironman.com, and 220 Triathlon will be right there on race day to bring you live coverage on Twitter and race reports on 220triathlon.com.
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