Pontevedra has been awarded the 2023 World Triathlon Championship Finals ©World Triathlon

Pontevedra in Spain will host the 2023 World Triathlon Championship Finals, it has been announced.

The city in the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula, best known for its well-preserved old town and Gothic Santa María la Mayor Basilica, is no stranger to major triathlon events having hosted the 2019 Multisports World Championships.

The highlight of that event was Spain’s Javier Gomez Noya claiming the long-distance world title in front of thousands of spectators.

"We are delighted that Pontevedra, which has proven to be a fantastic host of multiple sports in the World Triathlon calendar, will now welcome the best triathletes of the world for the Championship Finals in 2023," said World Triathlon President Marisol Casado.

Pontevedra hosted a successful World Multisport Championships in 2019 ©World Triathlon
Pontevedra hosted a successful World Multisport Championships in 2019 ©World Triathlon

The Championship Final is the crown jewel of World Triathlon’s annual calendar and is due to include races in elite, under-23 and Para triathlon disciplines, as well as age-group standard distance, age-group super sprint distance and the age-group standard distance aquabike World Championships.

Previous hosts have included such cities as London, Budapest, Beijing, Auckland, Chicago, Gold Coast, Lausanne and Edmonton, with the next one planned in Abu Dhabi in 2022.

"The Spanish Federation has been a great host for many events, and we are delighted to step up and host the Final for the first time in our country," said Jose Hidalgo, President of the Spanish Federation.

The winners of this year's World Triathlon Championship Finals in Edmonton were also the Tokyo 2020 Olympic champions, Bermuda's Flora Duffy and Norway's Kristian Blummenfelt.