Lahti, Finland will take center stage of the triathlon world when it welcomes over 6,000 registered athletes to participate in two days of racing at the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon.
Among them, Australia stands proud with a formidable contingent of 250 athletes, marking their presence as the fifth most represented nation at the event.
The United States of America is the most represented with 1,152 registered athletes, followed by France (517), Germany (515), and the United Kingdom (453).
The event's regional representation reflects the diversity of the triathlon community, with Europe taking the lead with 52 percent of registered athletes and North America following closely with 22 percent. Latin America, Oceania, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East also contribute to the dynamic field, showcasing the global reach of the competition.
The return of the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship's global rotation after the pandemic hiatus has garnered excitement, especially as Lahti, Finland becomes the first Nordic country to host the event. This marks the third time for Europe, following Zell am See, Austria in 2015 and Nice, France in 2019, highlighting the continent's integral role in the triathlon world.
The 2023 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship promises to be a spectacle of athleticism, determination, and international camaraderie. The stage is set for athletes to conquer the grueling course, which includes a 1.9km swim in Lake Vesijärvi, a challenging 91.3km bike ride through the picturesque Finnish countryside, and a demanding 21.1km run course that offers stunning water views and an exhilarating finish line experience near the iconic Salpausselkä Ski Jumps.
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