Brownlee brothers ready to tackle Yas Island circuit in Abu Dhabi

Brownlee brothers ready to tackle Yas Island circuit in Abu Dhabi
Updated 28 January 2018

Brownlee brothers ready to tackle Yas Island circuit in Abu Dhabi

Brownlee brothers ready to tackle Yas Island circuit in Abu Dhabi

LONDON: Triathlon titans Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee will again showcase their powers of endurance in the Gulf after they were confirmed in the field for the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon Series in Abu Dhabi.
The British Olympic medalists, who have more than 40 ITU and European Triathlon Union wins between them, will be part of a mixture of elite, amateur (age-grouper) and junior triathletes who will race across Yas Island at the beginning of March for the chance to emulate Spain’s Javier Gomez Noya who won last year’s race.
“Abu Dhabi is an awesome location for the season-opening WTS race,” said Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist Jonathan Brownlee. “I raced on the Corniche course back in 2015, and am excited to check out the new course on Yas Island. The weather in March in Abu Dhabi will be perfect — a far cry from the conditions we have experienced in the UK this winter. Everyone knows that we both give 110 percent when we race and Abu Dhabi will be no different. We’ll definitely be putting on a show for the crowds in March.”
Alistair Brownlee, the two-time Olympic gold medallist, will use the race to test himself following hip surgery.
“I’m definitely keen to get out there and race in March — the new course on the F1 track looks really good for a sprint distance race,” he said. “I’m looking forward to toeing the line against a top field in Abu Dhabi to see where I am after coming back from injury. It’s no secret that I’ll be looking to be competitive, especially with the Commonwealth Games coming up in April.”
Andrea Hewitt, the star of last year’s women’s elite race and a veteran of three Olympics, will also return to Yas Island this spring to once again compete for the WTS Abu Dhabi title.
“I’m delighted to be returning to Abu Dhabi this year, a place that holds some amazing memories for me following my first-place finish last year,” she said. “The 2017 race was a turning point for me both personally and professionally. I had trained so hard, went into the race in good form and knew that I had a chance of doing well. To pick up the gold-medal, the way I did, it was an overwhelming sense of emotion. I think that showed at the finish line. That victory would not have been possible, had it not been for the fantastic support I received from family, friends and the triathlon community. I’m looking forward to seeing what this year’s race holds and with a bit of luck, I’ll be on the podium again.”
Organizers announced that the fourth edition of the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi will be a test event for the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. It will be the first time the region has hosted the Special Olympics World Games which are expected to see more than 7,000 athletes descend on the UAE Mar. 14-21. The Games will feature a total of 22 sports, including triathlon which made its debut at the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles.
“The ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi is one of the most highly anticipated sporting events on the UAE’s calendar and we are delighted to be using this as a test event for the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019,” said Peter Wheeler, CEO Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. “The event, its ethos and desire to make sport inclusive mirrors our belief that anyone can enjoy and compete in sports. We’re extremely excited for race week and look forward to seeing all the participants and spectators cheering on their family, friends and sporting heroes.”