- World Number One and current world champion Leo Bergere headlines the men’s elite race, alongside the full 2021 Olympic podium – Kristian Blummenfelt, Alex Yee and Hayden Wilde.
- Great Britain’s World No. 2 Georgia Taylor-Brown is the top-ranked triathlete in the women’s category that has attracted seven of the world’s top-10.
- In the Elite Para field, Paralympic stars Eva Maria Moral Pedrero and Alejandro Sanchez Palomero will wow the crowds.
- Alongside the elites, the event boasts multiple age group and junior race categories designed to welcome amateur athletes of all ages and abilities.
- The prestigious annual event will take place on 3rd and 4th March at Yas Marina Circuit.
Abu Dhabi, 7th February 2023: Abu Dhabi Sports Council has today announced a stellar field of world, Olympic and Commonwealth champions for next month’s season-opening World Triathlon Championship Series race in Abu Dhabi, presented by Daman.
Set to take place on 3rd and 4th March at Yas Marina Circuit, the elite tournament will feature some of the biggest names in triathlon from around the world as they aim to get their season off to a winning start in the sport’s most prestigious annual event and claim crucial Olympic and Paralympic points.
Lining up in the men’s elite category will be 10 of the world’s top-ranked triathletes. Heading the list is French World No.1 and world champion Leo Bergere who will be joined by Morgan Pearson of the USA and Belgium’s World No.4 Jelle Geens – the men he beat to the podium top spot in Abu Dhabi in November. The star line-up continues with Tokyo Olympic champion Kristian Blummenfelt.
Fans can also look forward to watching World No.2, Tokyo Olympic silver medallist and Commonwealth champion Alex Yee (Great Britain), World No.5 Vincent Luis of France, and World No.3 and Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Hayden Wilde (New Zealand).
“I came to Abu Dhabi in November with a World Championship title in my sights. That race unfortunately didn’t go to plan due to getting COVID just before the race – now I’m more determined than ever to come back and top the podium in March,” said Hayden Wilde.
“I spent a lot of time in Abu Dhabi in the lead up to the race in November. The community, the facilities, the city – everything is perfect for me as a professional athlete to race at the highest level. I’m excited to come back!”
Flying the flag for the MENA region is Morocco’s, Jawad Abdelmoula, who triumphed at last year’s Africa Triathlon Championships and is the first MENA athlete to podium at a World Triathlon Championship Series event.
Headlining the women’s elite category, which has attracted 24 national federations, is World No.2 Georgia Taylor-Brown. The 28-year-old Briton, a gold and silver medallist at the Tokyo Olympics and Commonwealth silver medalist, will be aiming to go one step further after finishing second in last year’s World Triathlon Championship Finals Abu Dhabi in November.
The Abu Dhabi race will also feature six more of the world’s top-10 triathletes including World No.3 Taylor Spivey of the USA. She will face stern competition from Beth Potter, a bronze medallist at last year’s Commonwealth Games, France’s World No.8 Cassandra Beaugrand, World No.9 Sophie Coldwell of Britain and World No.10 Leonie Periault.