ITU World Triathlon series returns
Nine of the top 10 women in triathlon will lead a pack of 50 women from 20 countries at the ITU’s World Triathlon Series (WTS) season opener on 2 March. The world-class field, set to tackle a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run on the Yas Island course, will make for one of the most competitive women’s line-ups in the history of ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi.
The women's field, crowded with World Champions, Olympians, titleholders and contenders - includes Bermuda's Flora Duffy, ITU World Triathlon Series 2017 Champion; New Zealand's Andrea Hewitt, Abu Dhabi defending champion; Austria's Sara Vilic, who also earned a podium finish in Abu Dhabi last year; World Number two Australia's Ashleigh Gentle, World Number three and Olympian USA's Olympian Katie Zaferes and Olympic medallist Great Britain's Vicky Holland. The top nine female titans boast a total of 61 wins and 171 podium finishes between them.
"This is another world-class field for Abu Dhabi and it’s fantastic to see nine of the top ten female triathletes in the world taking part, including two World Champions and 22 Olympians headlining the 2018 race,” said His Excellency Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, host of the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi.
"This will be one of the most exciting fields on the WTS calendar, greatly complementing our efforts to encourage more women in the region to follow in the footsteps of such inspirational athletes and take up the sport," he added.
In addition to the stunning elite field, the WTS Abu Dhabi has amateur race categories suited to all ages and abilities, and will welcome 3,500 amateur athletes to take part in the two-day event, giving participants the chance to race alongside the likes of the Brownlee brothers, Flora Duffy, Andrea Hewitt and more.
The 2018 global triathlon season-opener will also feature dedicated waves for para-triathletes for the very first time who will have the chance to rub shoulders and compete alongside inspirational heroes of Paralympic triathlon including World and European Champion and Rio 2016 Paralympic Gold medallist, Andy Lewis, and Mohamed Lahna, the Bronze medallist at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
To find out more visit abudhabi.triathlon.org