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Arena Games field starts to take shape with some big names confirmed

Jess Learmonth takes on Beth Potter, Marten Van Riel up against Alex Yee

Photo by: That Cameraman - Darren Wheeler

The Arena Games Triathlon powered by Zwift burst onto the triathlon scene a couple of years ago at a time when “regular” racing had come to a halt thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year the series also serves as the eSport World Championship Series, with races taking place in Munich, London and Singapore.

The first race of the series takes place on April 9, with London scheduled for April 23 and Singapore on May 7.

The opening race of the series will feature a number of former Arena Games champions, along with the defending men’s champion from the Super League Championship Series, Alex Yee. (The full start lists will be announced during the week before each event.)

Jess Learmonth competes at Arena Games Rotterdam in 2020. Photo: Super League Triathlon

Learmonth and Potter highlight women’s field

Jess Learmonth might have just made her long-distance debut at Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote, but she’s certainly not giving up on short-course racing as of yet. Part of the gold-medal British mixed relay team in Tokyo last summer, she was the first-ever Arena Games women’s champion two years ago. She’ll take on countrywoman Beth Potter (pictured above), who won the Arena Games held in London last year.

Van Riel and Yee ready for another duel

Last year’s Super League Triathlon Championship Series event in Malibu came down to a sprint between two-time Arena Games champion Marten Van Riel (BEL) and British silver (individual) and gold (mixed relay) medalist from the Tokyo Games, Alex Yee. ¬†Germany’s Justus Nieschlag, another former Arena Games champion, will also be in the field in Munich.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 27 2021: Marten Van Riel celebrates the win at the SLT Arena Games powered by Zwift at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park March 27, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/SLT)

The first eSport World Triathlon titles will be decided at the Grand Final event in Singapore. We’ll have more details on how to watch the series closer to the event.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 27 2021: Alex Yee during the Mens race in the SLT Arena Games powered by Zwift at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park March 27, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/SLT)