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ABU DHABI: Some of the world’s best triathletes are set to compete in the Triathlon World Championship Finals on Yas Island here from November 23-26, organizers have revealed.

The event was organized by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, in cooperation with the organization of the Triathlon World Championships and Daman.

The announcement was made during a press conference held at ADSC headquarters, in the presence of Aref Al-Awani, secretary general of the body; Mohamed Al-Zaabi, CEO of Miral Asset Management; Gary Marcia, Director of the Triathlon World Championships; and Hayden Wilde, world number one and Olympic medalist from New Zealand.

Al-Awani welcomed all the athletes who will participate in the final of the 2022 Triathlon World Championship in Abu Dhabi, by Daman, which is taking place for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa.

“Since 2015, we have hosted a series of international triathlon championships and organized community races for all ages and abilities, which has led to a significant growth in interest in the sport of triathlon, while reflecting our quest for promote the sport to improve the quality of life and well-being,” said Al-Awani.We expect the community races of the upcoming championship to attract thousands of participants over the different distances.

“We are proud to host such a prestigious tournament, which reflects the confidence of the world’s leading sporting federations and authorities in Abu Dhabi’s ability to host major international sporting events,” he added.

Three current Olympic medalists from Tokyo will be in action: Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt, who won gold in Tokyo, and beat Briton Alex Lee for silver, and New Zealander Wilde who won bronze at the Olympics Summer of 2020. However, Wilde has now passed those two to find himself at No. 1 in the world rankings, with Yee not far behind in fourth.

Between them are second-placed Frenchman Leo Bergère, this season’s European champion, and third-placed Jelle Geens, the man who won gold at the World Triathlon Abu Dhabi 2021.

The European domination of the men’s top 10 is obvious. Two other Frenchmen, Pierre Le Corre and Vincent Luis — Olympic medalist in the relay — are ranked fifth and seventh respectively, with Portugal’s Vasco Vilaca (sixth), Germany’s Lasse Luhrs (eighth) and Spaniard Antonio Serrat Seoane (ninth). , completing a strong continental position. quota. The only non-European other than Wilde is Australian Matthew Hauser who is ranked 10.

On the women’s side, Flora Duffy clinched gold in Tokyo and will be hot on the heels of current world number one Georgia Taylor-Brown of Great Britain, the woman she propelled to silver medal position in Japan. Bermuda’s Duffy also won gold in Abu Dhabi last year and will be looking to add to his long list of accomplishments which includes multiple world titles and Commonwealth gold.

Britain will bring a typically strong line-up to Abu Dhabi, led by world No 1 Georgia Taylor-Brown, along with fourth-placed Beth Potter and seventh-placed Sophie Coldwell. The United States will also have three of the world’s top 10 in the form of fifth-placed Taylor Spivey, as well as Taylor Knibb and Kirsten Kasper, who are ninth and tenth respectively.

France’s Cassandre Beaugrand is currently third in the women’s world rankings and Tokyo relay bronze medalist, and another big threat in Abu Dhabi, while the rest of the world women’s top 10 is occupied by Germany’s Laura Lindemann (fifth) and Anabell Knoll (eighth).

“It will be a great competition between me and Alex Yee,” Wilde said. “It’s like the Hamilton-Verstappen race and I’m really looking forward to it. Whoever crosses the line will win the world championship title. We had a great rivalry, so unite and finish in Abu Dhabi, It’s great. Hope we can put on an exciting show.

Other notable male competitors include Gustav Iden who caused a stir at the 2022 Ironman World Championships by claiming victory and setting a new course record. He is also a two-time Ironman 70.3 World Championship winner – one of only six men in history to win the title more than once – and took eighth place at the Tokyo Olympics.

Jonathan Brownlee, the only athlete with three Olympic medals to his name – bronze at London 2012, silver at Rio 2016 and gold at the mixed relay at Tokyo 2020 – will also line up in Abu Dhabi.

There will also be strong interest in the MENA region, when Jawad Abdelmoula takes the start. The Moroccan is the first athlete from the region to step onto the podium at a WTS event and arrives in Abu Dhabi in good shape after winning the 2022 African Triathlon Championships in Agadir in September.

Plus, there will be a host of other contest winners in Abu Dhabi. Rachel Klamer of the Netherlands, who claimed her first-ever WTS race victory with gold in the capital of the United Arab Emirates in 2018, with the race contested over the sprint distance, will be in action, as will the South- African Henri Schoeman. The 31-year-old is a former Commonwealth Games gold medalist and also stood on the podium at the Rio Olympics in 2016 – but local fans will also recognize him as the man who won in unusually rainy conditions in the World Triathlon Abu Dhabi in 2017. Spaniard Mario Mola, three-time winner in Abu Dhabi and former world champion, will also join the peloton.

The race routes begin with a swim in the waters of Yas Bay, before competitors cycle across Yas Island, with the new cycle routes crossing key sites such as Yas Beach, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Square. The most important race to the finish line then takes place along the waterfront.