Super League Triathlon’s 2021 Championship Series begins this weekend in London on Sunday, September 5 (11:30am UK), offering fans the chance to watch the returning Olympic British gold medalists for free in a spectacular setting.
Jonny Brownlee, Georgia Taylor-Brown, Alex Yee and Jess Learmonth brought home a combined six medals between them from Tokyo and are sure to receive a hero’s welcome as they return to racing on home soil at West India Quay.
The event marks the start of Super League Triathlon’s 2021 Championship Series, which sees a field of 40 of the world’s best athletes compete in thew sport’s most exciting race formats over back-to-back weekends throughout September in London, Munich, Jersey and Malibu for a share of a $1.25m prize pool.
British Mixed Relay Olympic gold medalist, Jess Learmonth said: “I think it’s the perfect thing for me to do after Tokyo because you don’t know where you are because it’s so different. I genuinely don’t even know what to expect as the only Super League I’ve done is the Arena Games. If it’s anything like the Arena Games it’s going to be good fun, and it’s nice it starts in London as well.”
Four-time triathlon World Champion and Super League Co-Founder, Chris McCormack, said: “I think one thing we have learned during COVID is that sport is a big part of people’s existence. In my case when sport disappeared I was very hollow and I took a lot from the Olympic Games. It made me appreciate how cool what we do is and from an athlete’s perspective how brilliant this all is.
“I am keen to see the evolution of what’s happened over the last two years. Go back to the last Super League Championship Series events two years ago and Katie Zaferes and Vincent Luis were unbeatable, favourites to win the Olympics, but two years in an athlete’s life is enormous. There is a new wave of talent coming through. Alex Yee, Hayden Wilde, and we will see it on the women’s side as well. I am pumped to be back on the circuit. I love triathlon and I love Super League and what we do. Like the world we and triathlon in general hit a brick wall through no fault of our own and now we are eager to get back on track.”