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Johnny Brownlee will return to Abu Dhabi
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An impressive list of the world’s best triathletes has been announced for the World Championship Series Abu Dhabi presented by Daman, which this year will also see the inclusion of the World Triathlon Para Championships held in the city for the very first time.

The elite athlete field is made up of 232 elite athletes, including six of the world’s top 10 male triathletes, seven of the top 10 women, as well as an array of Paralympic stars. In total, more than 2,000 athletes are expected for this sparkling event.

Aref Al Awani, Secretary General of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said; “We are very pleased with the prestigious position that the Abu Dhabi Triathlon World Championship occupies with regard to the elite athletes of the world.

“The event has attracted the world’s best triathletes to compete in Abu Dhabi and as we welcome them it will be yet another ground for world class athletes, delighting not only the fans in the stands, but millions of them as well. other spectators from all over the world.

“Hosting this event fills us with pride every year and we look forward to welcoming everyone for what will be another incredible weekend of action and fun.

“The athlete field is made up of some of the best athletes in the sport, many of whom are in their prime after participating in the recent Olympics in Japan. It’s an opportunity for fans to watch the world’s best in our own backyard, and we have little doubt that their return will once again inspire our local community. “

The men’s squad includes German Tim Hellwig, current world number 1 Paul Georgenthum of France, and Olympic bronze medalist Hayden Wilde will be one to watch. Currently in fantastic racing form, Wilde has raced across Europe since his Olympic performance and will be aiming for first place here in Abu Dhabi.

“I feel like I’ve had an incredible preparation time for Abu Dhabi and can’t wait to get there,” said Wilde. “The Olympic medal in Tokyo was a dream come true for me. But the work doesn’t stop there. I’m more focused than ever and I’m excited for what’s to come this season. They are another strong team in Abu Dhabi, but I hope I can produce something special.

Another star en route to Abu Dhabi is Olympic gold, silver and bronze medalist and fan favorite Johnny Brownlee of Great Britain with Belgian duo Gelle Jeens and Marten van Riel.

The region will also be well represented with Abdulrahman Mubarak, Omar Ali and Mohammad Mubarak from Bahrain taking on the world’s best in the men’s elite.

Ironman 70.3 world champion Lucy Charles Barclay runs in the United Arab Emirates

Ironman 70.3 world champion Lucy Charles Barclay runs in the United Arab Emirates
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On the women’s side, Bermuda-born Flora Duffy is back in Abu Dhabi. She was Bermuda’s first-ever Olympic gold medalist and three-time world champion (2016, 2017 and 2021). She will face a fierce British side, with Olympic medalists Georgia Taylor-Brown, Jessica Learmonth and Vicky Holland on the line. She must also face the Ironman 70.3 world champion Lucy Charles-Barclay.

Germany’s Laura Lindemann, who currently leads the series after winning her very first World Series event in Hamburg, will be on the starting line, while Summer Rappaport will lead the Americans.

The staging of the World Para Triathlon Championships will also see an impressive selection of competitors, including Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Gold Stars Jetze Plat (PTWC), Susana Rodriguez (PTVI) and Alexis Hanquinquant (PTS4). Emirati athlete Abdulla Alghafri from Al Ain will face Plat in the Elite Para field.

The PTS4 men will see 16 contestants, one of the biggest starting lists ever in the sport, including the full Tokyo podium of Alexis Hanquinquat, Hideki Uda and Sanchez Palomero. This estate also includes Sebastian Engwald from Denmark, who lives and trains in the UAE.

There will be 13 women competing in the PTVI class, including Tokyo gold medalist Susana Rodriguez. The Spaniard made the cover of Time magazine for her role as a doctor during the pandemic while preparing for the Paralympic Games.

Besides the elite races, there are also racing categories for 3,000 amateur and junior triathletes, who have the unique chance to race on a similar course and on the same weekend as the best in the world.

The World Championship Series Abu Dhabi will mark the second leg of the World Triathlon Championship Series in 2022, a season that will end on a high note with Abu Dhabi welcoming the world’s best triathletes in November 2022 for the World Championship Series finals.

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