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ITU awards winter World Championships to Austrian town

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has named the Austrian town of Zeltweg  as host of its 2016 winter Triathlon World Championships.

The three-day event will take place next year from February 12-14. It will mark the second time Austria has staged the championships, with Gaishorn having hosted the event in 2009.

Marisol Casado, ITU president, said: “Triathlon Austria has a long history of organising phenomenal races on every level, from the World Triathlon series, to European Championships, to Multisport World Championships. With the Austrian National Federation serving as the local organising committee, I have no doubt this will be one of the best winter Triathlon World Championships we’ve had yet.”

The winter triathlon discipline consists of a running leg, a cycling leg and a cross-country skiing leg. Zeltweg will also stage U23, junior and age group World Championships under the terms of its agreement with the ITU.

Austrian athletes have won the competition three times in the past. Next year will also see the Alpine city of Kitzbuhel host an ITU World Cup event as Austria further establishes itself as one of Europe’s go-to countries for triathlon.