In the fourth stop of the ITU World Cup series, China will host the first semi-final/final format of the year at the 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup. The multi-race format will consist of two different events with two different distances held over the course of two days.
In a semi-final elimination round, athletes will complete a sprint-distance course, which consists of a 750m swim, 20K bike and 5K run. The men’s field will have a total of three semi-final rounds where the top nine men from each round will qualify for the finals, followed by the next top three fastest combined times to create a total of 30 men for the ‘A’ Final start list.
For the women, two heats will occur with the top 14 finishers from both rounds combined with the next two fastest times will create the 30-woman ‘A’ Final roster. In both genders the athletes with the time of 31st to 60th position in the semi-finals will qualify for the ‘B’ Finals. The Finals will then consist of a super sprint-distance format, which will see the athletes completing a 400m swim, 10K bike and 2.5K run to crown the final winners.
Chengdu is the capital of China’s southwest province of Sichuan. Chengdu hosts a World Cup race for the fourth time this coming weekend and will debut a semi-final/final event format for the first time.