The Battle Lines are Drawn for The Championship 2022

Over 1,000 athletes from 40 nations will race for the ultimate title in the Challenge Family series on Sunday 22 May at The Championship, in Šamorín, Slovakia.

Both current champions, Lucy Buckingham (GBR) and Florian Angert (DEU), are returning to defend their titles. An already stacked field has, in recent days, seen the addition of Fenella Langridge (GBR) and Magnus Ditlev (DEN) adding further heat to an already exciting battle.

In the women’s Emma Pallant-Browne fresh off her win from Challenge Riccione, Lisa Norden (SWE), Sarah Perez Sala (ESP), Daniela Bleymehl (DEU) and Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) are all there for one reason only, the same as Buckingham and Langridge – to take the win.

In the men’s field Frederic Funk (DEU), current World Triathlon Long Distance Champion Kristian Høgenhaug (DEN), Kyle Smith (NZL) and Thomas Steger (AUT) will be joining Angert and Ditlev in trying to ensure the top spot is theirs.

The Championship Livestream presented by Triathlon Today will broadcast for free on, allowing triathlon fans around the world to watch some of the best athletes in the world fight it out for the title of Champion of The Championship. The livestream, commentated by Belinda Granger and guests, will start at 8:45am CET on 22 May 2022 with race start at 9:00am for pro men and 9:10am for pro women.

Athletes, both age group and professional, have qualified at one of Challenge Family’s 33 races over the past 12 months, finishing in the top six to earn a place at the prestigious The Championship, based at the renowned Olympic training centre, the x-bionic® sphere. The single loop 1.9km swim takes place in the River Danube while the fast, flat 90km bike travels east along the Danube, through typical Slovak villages in a single loop. The 21.1km is entirely within the x-bionic® sphere complex and is testing due to its multiple surfaces before finishing in front of the main grandstand where professional and age group champions are decided. The day before the main event on Saturday 21 May, there is the opportunity for supporters, friends and family to be involved with the choice of Olympic, Sprint, Tryathlon and Junior events ensuring a true celebration of triathlon for all abilities.

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The Championship Professional Athletes 2022

Aspesletten Julie Norway
Bailly Alexia France
Berlinga Lena Germany
Bleymehl Daniela Germany
Buckingham Lucy United Kingdom
Byram Lucy United Kingdom
Corbova Nikola Slovakia
De Vries Sarissa Netherlands
Gentle Ashleigh Australia
Idon-Andersen Frederikke Denmark
Jedrzejewska Aleksandra Poland
Langridge Fenella United Kingdom
Lee India United Kingdom
Lehrieder Carolin Germany
Leisner Shiva Denmark
Norden Lisa Sweden
Pallant-Browne Emma United Kingdom
Perez Sala Sara Spain
Reng Franziska Germany
Reischmann Anne Germany
Santamaria Margie Italy
Siddall Laura United Kingdom
Thek Grace Australia
Tondeur Alexandra Belgium
Watkinson Amelia New Zealand
Zelinka Gabriella Hungary


Amberger Josh Australia
Angert Florian Germany
Arnold Leonard Germany
Bahlke Philipp Germany
Bendix Madsen Thor Denmark
Böttinger Samuel Germany
Breinlinger David Germany
Ceccarelli Mattia Italy
Chartier Collin United States
Clavel Maurice Germany
Dahl Thomsen Tobias Denmark
Davis Thomas United Kingdom
Dels Christopher Germany
Ditlev Magnus Denmark
Draper Will United Kingdom
Dreitz Andreas Germany
Erhardt Julian Germany
Frommhold Nils Germany
Funk Frederic Germany
Goetstouwers Stenn Belgium
Hentschel Felix Germany
Heinrichs Jesse Germany
Høgenhaug Kristian Denmark
Keulen Youri Netherlands
Löschke Franz Germany
Moreno Molins Albert Spain
Neumann Max Australia
Philipp Bahlke Germany
Sanchez Roberto Spain
Smith Kyle New Zealand
Sowieja Dominik Germany
Steger Thomas Austria
Stein Boris Germany
Taagholt Miki Denmark
Teagle James United Kingdom
Van Egdom Jorik Netherlands
Wade Sam United Kingdom
Weiss Michael Austria