Triathlon’s first esports World Championship titles will be awarded this weekend as Arena Games Triathlon powered by Zwift reaches a spectacular conclusion in Singapore.
Britain’s Beth Potter is the heavy favourite in the women’s field but three others – including Olympic gold medallist Jess Learmonth – can take the title with an outright win.
In the men’s, Aurelien Raphael and Justus Nieschlag are level on points heading into the Grand Final but know victory for Alex Yee or Max Stapley would deliver either of them the title.
The Grand Final will be a first for the hybrid real-life and esports format as all three disciplines will take place outdoors at Marina Bay.
The triathletes will start off with their swim leg in Marina Reservoir 1 before completing their bike and run legs on smart trainers and self-powered curved treadmills placed on the promenade of Marina Bay. The triathletes will be treated to an unparalleled view of the Singapore skyline and some of the city’s iconic landmarks as they bid for glory.
The Singapore Grand Final is the last of three events in the Arena Games Triathlon 2022 series, following races in Munich, won by Beth Potter and Aurelien Raphael, and London, won by Cassandre Beuagrand and Justus Nieschlag.
Each stop contributes points to the World Triathlon World Rankings, with athletes who collect the most points over the course of the series to be awarded the first-ever triathlon esport World Titles in Singapore. There are double points on offer in Singapore as well as cash bonuses and the all-important Series title.
The Singapore event will also take place over two days rather than one, with heats on Friday and a repechage and the Final on Saturday.