An elite field of professional triathletes from around the globe will descend on Lahti, Finland for the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon with the women’s professional race set to take place on Saturday, Aug. 26 and the men’s professional race on Sunday, Aug. 27. The professional triathletes will be vying for a share of the $350,000 USD professional prize purse and the title of IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion. In addition to the professional field, over 6,000 age-group athletes are registered to compete as they look to be crowned World Champion in their respective age-group divisions. Live coverage of both days of racing at the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon will air on Outside Watch.
Professional Women’s Field
The women’s field will take centre stage on Saturday, Aug. 26, as Lahti, the Finnish Lake District and its surrounding areas host a high calibre field of professional women.
Reigning IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Taylor Knibb (USA) will look to defend her crown coming into race day in top form following another impressive year of performances. Top Canadian and last year’s runner up Paula Findlay will look to continue her run of form and challenge for the top spot on the podium while 2022 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon third-place finisher and 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship runner-up Emma Pallant-Browne (GBR) looks primed for a strong performance.
With five IRONMAN World Championship and five IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship titles to her name, Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf can never be counted out and has continued to show this year why she is amongst the best triathletes of all time. Germany’s Laura Philipp will be another one to watch following her recent success at the IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship Tallinn triathlon.
Highlighting a large contingent of strong contenders include two Brits, 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion and 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Word Championship runner up Holly Lawrence, and 2021 IRONMAN World Championship runner up Kat Matthews.
Australian Ellie Salthouse, American Jackie Hering, Canada’s Tamara Jewett, and many more of the sports most talented women will all join in the battle for a spot on the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship podium.
A full list of professional women’s field listed below:
BIB LAST FIRST COUNTRY REP 1 Knibb Taylor USA 2 Findlay Paula CAN 3 Pallant- Browne Emma GBR 4 Ryf Daniela CHE 6 Lawrence Holly GBR 8 Hering Jackie USA 9 Philipp Laura DEU 11 Jewett Tamara CAN 12 Reischmann Anne DEU 15 Matthews Kat GBR 16 Pierre Marjolaine FRA 18 Salthouse Ellie AUS 19 Lewis Danielle USA 20 McBride Rach CAN 22 Pohle Caroline DEU 23 Oliveira Pamella BRA 24 Bergsten Anna SWE 25 Ueda Ai JPN 26 Mitchell Olivia IRL 28 Clavel Charlene FRA 29 Buckingham Lucy GBR 30 Lee India GBR 31 Stage Nielsen Maja DNK 33 Simmonds Imogen CHE 34 Watkinson Amelia NZL 35 Priarone Giorgia ITA 38 Jansen Laura DEU 39 Berry Hannah NZL 40 Morier Emilie FRA 41 Kleiser Daniela DEU 42 Bailly Alexia FRA 43 Noguera Raja Anna ESP 44 Lucas Lottie ARE 45 Kivioja Kaidi EST 46 Curran Kate GBR 47 Pohjalainen Tiina FIN 48 Gerß Lisa DEU 49 Guerard Justine FRA 50 Bishop Sarah USA 51 Iemmolo Julie FRA 52 du Luarte Eloise FRA 53 Addie Laura GBR 54 Paskiewiez Nikita FRA 55 Higgins Brittany USA 56 Stolf Bruna BRA 57 Cymerman Amy USA
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Professional Men’s Field
The professional men will take on the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon on Sunday, Aug. 27. Leading the field is Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt who will look to defend his IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion crown and add another world championship title to his already impressive resume.
Fellow Norwegian and defending 2022 IRONMAN World Champion Gustav Iden will look to challenge his friend and countryman and add a third IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship title to his tally following wins in 2019 and 2021.
Top American Ben Kanute stands ready to challenge the Norwegian contingent following a second-place finish at the 2022 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon in St. George, Utah.
Denmark’s Miki Taagholt will also be one to watch following a win at the 2023 IRONMAN 70.3 Luxembourg triathlon and multiple top ten IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship finishes over the past two years.
Additional global contenders will come from Germany’s Frederic Funk, Australia’s Steve McKenna, Canada’s Jackson Laundry and Lionel Sanders as well as Americans Jason West and Sam Long, and French dark horse Pierre Le Corre along with many other talented professional men all thirsty for a top world championship result.
BIB LAST FIRST COUNTRY REP 1 Blummenfelt Kristian NOR 2 Kanute Ben USA 3 Iden Gustav NOR 4 Funk Frederic DEU 5 Taagholt Miki DNK 6 Laundry Jackson CAN 7 Bendix Madsen Thor DNK 8 Long Sam USA 9 West Jason USA 11 Le Corre Pierre FRA 14 Nieschlag Justus DEU 15 Montraveta Moya Jordi ESP 17 Sanders Lionel CAN 18 McKenna Steven AUS 19 Teagle James GBR 20 Koolhaas Menno NLD 21 Azevedo Filipe PRT 23 Stepniak Kacper POL 24 Phillips Mike NZL 26 Bogen Rico DEU 27 Loeschke Franz DEU 29 Magnien Dylan FRA 30 Engelhardt Adriano CHE 31 Moody Jack NZL 32 Mann Nicolas DEU 33 Margirier Mathis FRA 34 Hanson Matt USA 35 Aernouts Bart BEL 36 Trautman Matt ZAF 37 Stratmann Jan DEU 38 Keulen Youri NLD 39 Rodriguez Hernandez Tomas MEX 40 Fabian Alessandro ITA 41 Hoffmann Jonas DEU 42 Stojanovic Ognjen SRB 43 Salvisberg Andrea CHE 44 Dubrick Marc USA 45 Kibby Mitch AUS 46 Ulloa Martin CHL 48 Costes Antony FRA 49 Quin Charlie AUS 50 Gillespie Dylan USA 51 Amorelli Igor BRA 53 Sosinski Jack AUS 54 Lewis Joshua GGY 55 Deckard Robbie USA 56 Gunderson Jørgen NOR 57 Fuentes Gonzalo ESP 58 Sperl Maximilian DEU 60 Thompson Nick AUS 61 Mattox Miguel USA 62 Wylde Kye AUS 63 Goodwin George GBR 64 Varga Richard SVK 65 Zorgnotti Benjamin PYF
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The 2023 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon will kick off with the 1.2-mile (1.9km) ROKA Swim Course, which takes place in beautiful Lake Vesijärvi.
A challenging 56-mile (91.3km) FULGAZ Bike Course follows and will lead athletes through the stunning Finnish countryside passing through the small towns of Kärkölä and Hollola and culminating with a steep incline just before returning to transition at the Sport and Fair Centre.
The 13.1-mile (21.1km) HOKA Run Course will take athletes on two loops beginning indoors at the Sport and Fair Centre, passing inside the Lahti Stadium and tackling a long climb up Salpausselkä ridge before making their way back towards Lake Vesijarvi. The run path will showcase beautiful water views and eclipse the Pikku-Vesijarvi before culminating in an exhilarating finish line experience just in sight of famous Salpausselka Ski Jumps.
Tune into the two days of live race-day coverage of the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon globally via Outside Watch.
For more information about the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship event, please visit www.ironman.com/im703-world-championship.