How to watch the World Triathlon Abu Dhabi

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The World Triathlon Abu Dhabi marks the sixth and final race of the World Series for the 2021 season and takes place on the same day as the 2021 Paratriathlon World Championships.

An impressive team of the world’s best triathletes, including Olympic and world champions, prepare to take the stage at the Yas Marina Formula 1 circuit for a final blast of sprint distance.

Not only are the World Series points up for grabs, it’s also a great opportunity for athletes to experience the same course that will host the 2022 Triathlon World Championship. Here’s everything you need to know about the events…

When and where does the Abu Dhabi World Triathlon take place?

The World Triathlon Abu Dhabi will take place on Friday, November 5 at the Formula 1 circuit of Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi. You can see the race times below (all times are local).

2.11 p.m .: Men Elite: sprint distance race
4:11 p.m .: Women Elite: Sprint Distance Race
5:50 p.m .: Elite Men and Women: medal ceremony

How can I watch the World Triathlon Abu Dhabi?

You can watch all the races live on TriathlonLIVE.tv, including the Paratriathlon World Championships.

UK audiences can live stream coverage of the men’s and women’s sprint races via BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport app and Red Button at the following times:

  • Elite Men’s Sprint: 9:55 am-11:25am UK time
  • Elite Women’s Sprint: 11:55 am – 1:25 pm (UK time)

Click here to watch all the action on the BBC Sport site.

Who participates in the World Triathlon Abu Dhabi 2021?

The men’s race

With current Olympic and World Champion Kristian Blummenfelt jumping Abu Dhabi, wearing number one tomorrow will be a relatively new face for global triathlon fans: Tim hellwig. The U23 World Championships silver medalist claimed victory in Hamburg in September and leads a powerful German team, including Jonas Schomburg – the only athlete lined up in Abu Dhabi which is the six previous editions of the race.

Hellwig will have his work cut out against some more established names, however. Not less one Vincent Louis, the double world champion and Olympic relay bronze medalist. He also won two medals in Abu Dhabi and knows how to run in extreme conditions – the water and air temperature in Abu Dhabi should be above 30 degrees.

Louis’s teammate Leo Shepherdess hopes to improve his 2019 result by edging out Luis to take fourth place, but three podiums this season certainly put the Frenchman in contention.

Vincent Luis competing in the mixed team relay at the Tokyo Olympics. The Frenchman is one of the strongest contenders in Abu Dhabi (Photo credit: Tommy Zaferes / World Triathlon)

Bronze medalist in Tokyo and 2021 Super League Triathlon Series finalist, Hayden Wilde (NZL) should pass well on the flat course, as well as the the American Morgan Pearson. The American rode two WTCS podiums in Yokohama and Leeds, won silver in mixed relays at the Tokyo Olympics, but has not raced since.

Also keep an eye on Antonio Serrat Seoane from Spain, who is aiming for his first place on the podium after three top-five finishes in the past three months, and Casper Stornes (NOR), who had a disappointing race in Tokyo but came back with a victory at the Ironman 70.3 Nice a month ago.

With the Tokyo silver medalist and Super League Series winner Alex Yee takes a well-deserved break, representing GB are Gordon Benson, Grant Sheldon and Samuel dickinson.

Women’s race

The women’s race promises to be thrilling! First of all we have the reign Olympic champion and world champion Flora Duffy (BER) on the starting line, who despite 11 Triathlon World Championship Series victories to his name, has yet to claim victory in Abu Dhabi.

The chase will be the rising star of the American triathlon, Taylor knibb, who is repeatedly proven in the last few months very few can match it on the cycling leg over any distance. If she comes out of the water with the leading group, she will dictate the pace of the race from the start of the 20km.

But if anyone can match it on the speed and strength of the bike, it’s the current 70.3 world champion, Lucy Charles Barclay, which has Paris 2024 in its sights. Her WTCS debut in Leeds saw her finish fifth against a strong field.

Reigning Olympic and World Champion Flora Duffy

Reigning Olympic and world champion Flora Duffy is hoping to add Abu Dhabi to her impressive list of WTCS victories. (Credit: Wagner Araujo / World Triathlon)

Of course, being part of the British Olympic team will not be an easy task as they already have the two-time Olympic medalist. Georgia Taylor-Brown and the fastest swimmer in the sport and mixed relay gold medalist, Jess learmonth. Taylor-Brown has never been on a podium in Abu Dhabi, while Learmonth has won two silver medals in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Also in contention for Great Britain will be Bronze medalist at Rio 2016 Vicky Holland, Beth Potter and Outside Stanford. Potter returns from an incredible two-week trip to South Korea, where she won back-to-back World Cup victories.

Joining their more experienced teammates will be good swimmers Sian rainsley, who is currently fifth in the WTCS rankings after a fifth place in Hamburg in September, and Sophie coldwell, which begins to show a podium form.

Others to watch out for include: Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA), Laura Lindemann (GER), Summer Rappaport (USA), Taylor Spivey (USA), Zsanett Bragmayer (HUN) and Lisa Tersch (GERMANY).

Top image credit: Janos Schmidt / World Triathlon


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