Yas Marina Circuit was buzzing with excitement, as aspiring triathletes, spectators and families gathered for the community...
The World Triathlon Championship Series returned to Abu Dhabi's Yas Island from 5 – 6 November 2021.
105 of the world’s best elite triathletes descended on the Capital for World Triathlon Championship Series Abu Dhabi presented by Daman, with an athlete field boasting an impressive line-up of Olympic and World Champions. Bermuda's Flora Duffy stormed to victory in the women's race - a first win in Abu Dhabi for the Olympic champion. She was followed by Olympic silver medalist Georgia Taylor-Brown from Great Britain, followed by her British compatriot Sophie Coldwell who completed the podium.
In the men's race, Belgium’s Jelle Geens took the show by storm. After coming out of the water in 39th place, he worked hard on the bike to move into 6th position, before showing his impressive running skills to run through the pack to victory. Following Geens by just 5 seconds was two-time world champion Vincent Luis from France. Hungary’s Bence Bicsak completed the podium.
In addition, the World Triathlon Para Championships was hosted in Abu Dhabi for the first time, including nine sport classes of para triathlon competing in six medal events per gender. 12 World Champions were crowned right here in the capital including Paralympic gold medallists Jetze Plat from the Netherlands and Susana Rodriguez from Spain who won the PTWC Men’s and PTVI Women's class respectively.
Alongside the elite race, the 2-day triathlon event also host a variety of races for amateur triathletes, cyclists, runners and swimmers with over 1,800 athletes registering to take part. The Event Village was also jam-packed with entertainment, retail outlets and food trucks for the whole family to enjoy.
As the sun sets on the 6th edition of the World Triathlon Championship Series Abu Dhabi, we look forward to 2022 when the World Championship will be hosted in Abu Dhabi. The time is now to get involved in this wonderful sport - whether you are a triathlon fan, an athlete, a volunteer or a technical official.