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Third Dubai Desert Triathlon a Huge Success
Nearly 300 athletes turned out this morning for the third edition of the Dubai Desert Triathlon at Dubai International Endurance City. The event, which combines the traditional Emirati sport of endurance horse riding with the triathlon disciplines of running and cycling, has quickly established itself as an important and popular event on the Dubai sporting calendar since the first edition was held in April 2014. The competitors completed a 5km run, 50km cycle and 40km horse ride, and entered either as individuals completing all three legs or as members of a team.
The event, a partnership between Dubai Sports Council and Meydan, was a huge success, with the hundreds of participants, support crews and spectators thoroughly enjoying the experience.
This morning’s event saw Aude Touraine again lift the trophy for the best female triathlete, repeating her success in the second Dubai Desert Triathlon held in December 2014. Joining her on the podium as the fastest male triathlete was Majed Mohammed Salman Hassan Al Sabri.
Touraine was delighted with her performance saying “I enjoyed today a lot. The organization was really good, we could tell in transition between the cycling and the horseriding where we were placed so I knew how to manage my ride.”
Al Sabri had placed second in the previous two Dubai Desert Triathlons, so was thrilled to take the win today. “I did my best to win, so I am very happy I was able to do it. I have been running for seven years and am an experienced horse rider so I needed to work more on my cycling as I have only been doing that for a year. The organization was very good and I would like to say thank you to H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for introducing this event. I would also like to thank all the people involved in organizing the event.”
The Open Team title was won by Ismael Ssenyange (run), Badr Mirza (cycle) and Stephanie Goudie (horse ride) who held off strong competition to finish first.
An elated Goudie said “It was absolutely epic today, it was fantastic, it was so close. I started in fourth position but my horse was an absolute champion and kept his speed all the way and it was a nose to nose finish, so really exciting for the riders and spectators. It’s a great opportunity, hose riding is so exciting, it’s amazing to put these three sports together, it’s out of this world, a fantastic idea.”
The first female team home was Anne Mari Hyrylainen (run), Jill Mair (cycle) and Mia Maria Schauman (horse ride). Hyrylainen was also the fastest female runner.
Mair, who was also the fastest female cyclist, said “This is my first Desert Triathlon, when I first entered I thought it would just be a bit of fun, but when I got here I realized how serious it is but it’s been great fun. I’ll definitely enter the next one.”
The fastest male runner was Abdulla Abdul Aziz, and the fastest male cyclist was Roman Marc van Uden.
Trophies were presented to the winners by Saeed Hareb, Secretary General, Dubai Sports Council, and Mohammed Essa Al Adhab, General Director, DIEC.
The Dubai Desert Triathlon is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council.
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About Dubai Sports Council
Dubai Sports Council was founded on 30 November 2005 with the aim of developing and improving sports in Dubai. The current Chairman is H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.
Dubai Sports Council aims to create a comprehensive sports environment that meets the requirements of society and paves the way for the youth to cultivate their sporting and cultural talents and aptitudes in a way that leads them to achieve tangible results so that Dubai can become a leading name in the world of sports.
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P.O. Box: 9888 Dubai, UAE Telephone: 00971 (0)4 324 4446
For further information, please visit the website of Dubai Sports Council on www.dubaisportscouncil.ae
About Meydan Group
Meydan is the visionary concept of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. It is the culmination of this vision to create not just the ultimate venue for horseracing, but also an integrated city that is sustainable, environmentally responsible and also one that positions Dubai at the centre of the competitive global business stage.
Meydan Group features the prestigious Meydan Racecourse, home to the Dubai World Cup and 5 months of thoroughbred horse racing. The Meydan Hotel, a five-star destination for leisure and business travel, is complemented by premium leisure and sporting attractions The Track Meydan Golf, the Meydan Tennis Academy and Meydan IMAX theatre. A series of state-of-the-art business parks, residential villa communities, schools, hospitals and business towers will intermingle with luxury waterfront developments and shopping destinations featuring a Signature Mall. The Meydan Group portfolio also includes Meydan Beach, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Emirates Equestrian Centre and Dubai Equestrian Club with endurance, dressage and show jumping championships.
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