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The ITU World Triathlon Series brings the very best of triathlon and entertainment to Abu Dhabi’s iconic Yas Island.
The Daman World Triathlon Abu Dhabi kicks off the global triathlon season with a fast and furious race between the world's best triathletes, right here in the UAE's capital. The 2019 elite race boasted the strongest field in Abu Dhabi's history, with best-of-the-best lining up to race for precious Olympic qualifing points. Katie Zaferes stayed cool and collected to take the top spot in the women's race, while Mario Mola ran his way to his third Abu Dhabi victory in the men's race!
Fans were also treated to a brand new race format - the Elite Mixed Relay. This fast and furious format of racing sees a team of 4 elite athletes (2 men, 2 women), complete a relay race before tagging in their country teammate. The new format of triathlon racing, which brings a team element into the usually individual sport, made its Abu Dhabi debut in March 2019, and is set to make its Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020.
Alongside the elite race, 2,600 age group triathletes from all over the world take part in the age-group races, junior races, Family 1km Run Fun as well as a dedicated para-triathlete waves and the first sports competition of the Special Olympics World Games 2019 – making the Daman World Triathlon Abu Dhabi the largest and most inclusive triathlon in the Middle East.
For those not racing, there is an abundance of family-friendly entertainment in the Event Village, tasty treats from the food trucks, a Kids' Zone to entertainment the little ones, viewing platforms to watch loved ones race, a retail area and merchandise booth, and incredible tourist attractions in close proximity to the race.
If there's one thing for certain, the Daman World Triathlon Abu Dhabi is much more than a swim, a bike and a run!
2019 marks the fifth consecutive year that Abu Dhabi finds itself the focus of world triathlon as it hosts the season-opener of the ITU's World Triathlon Series - building up to the ITU Grand Final which will be hosted in Abu Dhabi in 2022!