ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi
It was an eventful start to the weekend with the start of the ITU World Triathlon Series in Abu Dhabi, which saw crashes in both the Men’s and Women’s races, including defending ITU World Champion Flora Duffy. But it was a good day for Jess Learmonth, who won silver.
In an eventful race, Jess stayed out of trouble on the bike commenting that it was; “absolute carnage today! Hope everyone is ok!” Vicky Holland was held up by a crash, and both Sophie Coldwell and Non Stanford hit the deck. Both are fine and have arrived safely in Australia now.
Jonathan Brownlee lead the chase pack on the first lap before his wheels slid beneath him through a narrow section of the course. He said: “I crashed on the first lap. I didn’t realise how slippery some parts of the circuit were.” He ran through for seventh place.
Full report HERE.
IRONMAN New Zealand
Laura Siddall turned silver into gold, winning the race after finishing second last year. Her time of 9:00:45 was broken down into a 55:32 swim, 4:54:19 bike leg and 3:06:12 marathon run to finish. She finished five minutes ahead of second placed Teresa Adam of New Zealand.
It wasn’t to be for Joe Skipper, who missed out of the top step of the podium to New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone, who impressively dipped under eight hours. He did finish second though with an excellent performance
IRONMAN New Zealand; 3.8km swim, 112mile bike, 26.2mile run; Saturday 3 March; Results:
1. Laura Siddall, GBR, 9:00:45
2. Teresa Adam, NZL, 9:05:36
3. Jocelyn McCauley, USA, 9:12:52
1. Terenzo Bozzone, NZL, 7:59:57
2. Joe Skipper, GBR, 8:05:33
3. Cameron Brown, NZL, 8:07:10