Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

World's top trio confirmed for Abu Dhabi Triathlon  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 28/01/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The men's field for this year's Abu Dhabi International Triathlon is set to be its strongest to date with the top three 2013 finishers, including the reigning Ironman World Champion, confirmed to compete alongside many other notable athletes in the March 15 event, largely recognised to be the long course triathlon world's marquee season opener



Reigning champion Frederik van Lierde will ignite his 2014 challenge at the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon following a phenomenal 2013 season which culminated in his World Champion title at Ironman Hawaii. With the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon being Frederik's first event since his spectacular season finale, all eyes will be on the Belgian triathlete to see if he can continue his winning streak and successfully defend his title



"Abu Dhabi holds a special place in my heart as the event was the springboard for me to go on and become World Champion. The triathlon, the city and the people always welcome me with open arms and the support we get is fantastic



"This year, I hope to claim my third Abu Dhabi victory. The event is never easy, as the elite field is always so strong, but I know that a win in Abu Dhabi can push me to new heights, so I will be fully prepared for the event on March 15th.



Spaniard Eneko Llanos, who came a close second at last year's event, will also make a welcome return to the world-class course, setting his sights firmly on the top spot having already tasted gold in 2010



As one of the circuit's most consistent racers, Llanos is a force to be reckoned with, attaining podium positions at almost every event he's entered over the past few years. Last year was a particularly strong one for the elite triathlete with his season start success in Abu Dhabi followed by his win at Ironman Melbourne just three weeks later."I like to kick off my season with the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon as it is arguably the most picturesque triathlon course in the world. Narrowly missing out on the top spot last year has made me all the more determined to go for gold at the season opener.



Adding to the formidable competition in the men's long course is Bermudan Tyler Butterfield who is looking for another impressive year following his 2013 Abu Dhabi International Triathlon third place position. Butterfield's strong season start paved the way for a successful year which included two Ironman 70.3 podiums in Calgary and Muncie, ninth place in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship and seventh place at the Ironman World Championship in Kona before ending the season on a high with second place at Ironman Cozumel



"I'm looking forward to going head to head with Frederik and Eneko again this March in the hope of working my way up that podium and improving on last year's result. Having the best of the best competing in the event really pushes you to continue to up your performance and improve each year. I am under no illusion a podium in Abu Dhabi is a given - there are many other good athletes all aiming for the same goal. It will be tough and hard race, that is always a guarantee.



The Abu Dhabi International Triathlon is a key fixture in the triathlon season, attracting the world's top triathletes and competitors from over 50 countries. Last year's triathlon saw a record breaking 2,000 contestants descend on the dazzling capital of the UAE and, with this year marking its fifth year, its set to be the biggest event yet. Organisers have frozen athlete registration fees for the fifth year in a row. Athletes interested in entering should visit


 






  MENA News Headlines
 Jul 10 2014 - UAE's Nakheel posts 54 percent growth in net profitMENAFN
(MENAFN) Dubai property developer Nakheel has posted a 54 percent rise in profit for the first six months of the current year, according to Gulf Daily News.Net profit of the government-owned company ...

 Jul 10 2014 - Dubai's DGCX to launch spot silver contractMENAFN
(MENAFN) Dubai"s Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX) plans to launch a spot silver contract, other than the spot gold contract it has launched this quarter, according to Arab News.DGCX, which ...

 Jul 10 2014 - CanadaMP Leon Benoit to Make an Announcement Regarding Humanitarian Assistance in AfricaMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) OTTAWA Canada July 9 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Leon Benoit Member of Parliament (Vegreville – Wainwright) on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis Minister of ...

 Jul 10 2014 - Delivering customer service excellence key to success in the service industry says DHLMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) CAPE-TOWN South-Africa July 10 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- How often does a service company truly exceed expectations? For many consumers the satisfaction from purchasing ...

 Jul 10 2014 - EU imposes sanctions on South Sudanese military leadersMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) BRUSSELS Kingdom of Belgium July 10 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The Council today imposed sanctions against individuals obstructing the South Sudanese peace process and ...

 Jul 10 2014 - Ethiopia Critical conditions for South Sudanese refugees in GambellaMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) LONDON United-Kingdom July 10 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- South Sudanese refugees continue to arrive in Gambella Ethiopia fleeing their homes because of the violence and ...

 Jul 10 2014 - UAE's Gulf Navigation cuts two-third of its capitalMENAFN
(MENAFN) UAE shipper Gulf Navigation had cut its capital by two-third and covered USD300 million of its accumulated losses in part of its plan to solve its debt issues, according to Arab News.The ...

 Jul 10 2014 - Trendy Tel Aviv counts the cost of Gaza rocket attacksAFP
(MENAFN - AFP) Israel's commercial capital is under rocket fire from Palestinian militants in Gaza, its normally nonchalant residents using black humour to disguise the anguish of another open war ...

 Jul 10 2014 - Saudi imports fall 5.0 percent in MayMENAFN
(MENAFN) Imports of Saudi Arabia dropped an annual 5.0 percent in May, while non-oil exports fell 5.1 percent during the month, according to Arab News.Nonoil exports represent about 12 percent of ...

 Jul 10 2014 - Al Rabie Organizes Annual Iftar Festival in Riyadh and Honors EmployeesMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Al Rabie Organizes Annual Iftar Festival in Riyadh and Honors EmployeesLast Wednesday and in a wonderful Ramadan atmosphere full of friendliness, Al Rabie Saudi Foods Company Ltd. has ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help