The World Triathlon Series usually takes place in eight global locations before culminating in the Grand Final. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the competition is restricted to a one-off World Championship in Hamburg.
The titles will also be decided on a new sprint-distance course set up outside downtown Hamburg and under new measures and protocols to ensure safe distancing and testing of all involved.
Some 10km north of the traditional Hamburg venue, the 750m swim in Lake Stadtpark transitions to a flat 20km bike with six fast laps to determine which athletes head out of the second transition and into a 5km run.
Up to 65 triathletes are set to compete in the men's and women's races with 20 nations competing in the mixed relay on Sunday.