Jake Birtwhistle to return to Hamburg

Jake Birtwhistle
Jake Birtwhistle

Launceston’s dual Commonwealth Games medallist Jake Birtwhistle will return to the streets of Hamburg on the weekend – a place he has tasted success.

The 23-year-old claimed individual silver and mixed relay gold at the German World Triathlon Series round and mixed relay global championship last year.

Feats he is hoping to at least repeat.

Birtwhistle sits seventh on the WTS Rankings with Spain’s multiple world champion Mario Mola – Hamburg winner in 2016 and 2017 – leading all comers.

The sprint course (750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and 5km run) is expected to suit the Riverside former under-23 world champion, who is regarded as the fastest runner of the men’s contenders.

Birtwhistle will be joined in Saturday’s men’s race by Australian Olympians Ryan Bailie and Aaron Royle as well as Luke Willian and Marcel Walkington.

Ashleigh Gentle, Charlotte McShane, Gillian Backhouse, Emma Jeffcoat and Natalie Van Coevorden will lead the women’s contingent.

EVENT FACTS

SATURDAY

Elite men – 12:40am AEST

Elite women – 2:40am AEST

SUNDAY

Mixed relay – 10:30pm AEST