Before the world turns the attention onto the elite men’s and women’s Grand Final races, the juniors will contest for World Championship status at the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast.
The junior fields will contest over a one lap 750-metre swim, four lap 20-kilometre bike and two lap 5-kilometre run sprint distance race course. The women will be first to line-up on Saturday, 15 September at 11.30am local time start time, followed by the men at 1.15pm local time.
Junior men’s Preview
The men’s field is stacked with emerging talent and world class race experience.
At the top of the start list is Hong Kong’s Oscar Coggins. The young gun recently earnt the gold medal at the 2018 Almaty ASTC Sprint Triathlon Asian Cup and silver at the 2018 Mt Mayon ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup.
Coggins finished in 24th place at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam so he will be focussed on a world class performance on the Gold Coast.
Brazil’s Miguel Hidalgo will be one to watch as he lines up, set to attain Junior World Title triumph. Hilalgo claimed fourth place at the 2018 Sprint Triathlon American Cup and gold at the 2018 Sprint Triathlon American Cup and South American Championships
New Zealand’s Trent Dodds is also marked as a favourite contender for the junior men’s World Podium.
The field is stacked and the title could be any mans for the taking with the likes of emerging talent from France, Hungary, Spain, New Zealand, Canada, USA and Australia well placed in the battle line-up.
Junior women’s Preview
The junior women’s side has all the young guns racing including Japan’s Nanami Nakayama, who leads the start list, with Canada’s Desirae Ridenour vying for the junior world title.
Nakayama was presented with the gold medal at the 2018 Hong Kong ASTC Triathlon Junior Asian Championships and fifth position at 2018 Sokcho ASTC Sprint Triathlon Asian Cup and East Asian Championships.
Ridenour enters the race with a solid season under her belt. The young Canadian claimed gold at the
2018 Osaka-Castle NTT ASTC Sprint Triathlon Asian Cup and seventh in the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Edmonton.
Australia’s pocket rocket Romy Wolstencroft will have her sights fixed on a podium finish in front of a home crowd.
AG, Junior, U23, and Para races will be streamed for free to https://triathlonlive.tv/goldcoast and to the World Triathlon Facebook page.
The Elite races will be streamed to members with a subscription to https://triathlonlive.tv/live
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