The International Triathlon Union today named Lausanne as the host city for the 31st edition of the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in 2019. 

“It is a pleasure to announce that Lausanne, the “Olympic Capital”, has been awarded the World Championships in 2019,” ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado said.

“The 2019 season will be a pre-Olympic year in which athletes are vying for Olympic spots. What better place for athletes to race for major Olympic qualifying points than in the Olympic Capital itself.

“The decision came down between two exceptional bids between Edmonton and Lausanne. It was a very difficult decision and we thank both cities for their desire to host the Grand Final. With the naming of the 2019 ITU Grand Final host, we now have the World Championship races confirmed for the next three years, which puts triathlon in a fantastic position.”

Lausanne has a storied history of hosting triathlon races dating back to 1998 when the Swiss city welcomed the ITU Triathlon World Championships for the first time. Lausanne later won a bid to host ITU’s pinnacle triathlon event again in 2006, as well as the Sprint World Championships in 2011.

In addition to crowning the 2019 ITU World Champions, the event will also name world champions in junior and U23 categories, as well as Paratriathlon, which will debut in the Paralympics at Rio 2016. The city will also welcome thousands of age groupers who will compete to call themselves the fastest in the world.

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