Eight time World Champion Flora Duffy is to headline Abu Dhabi Elite Women's Field on March 2nd on Yas Island.
Nine of the top 10 women in triathlon will lead a pack of 50 Women from 20 countries at the ITU’s World Triathlon Series (WTS) season opener. The world-class field, set to tackle a 750m Swim, 20km Bike and 5km Run on the spectacular Yas Island course, will make for one of the most competitive Women’s line-ups in the history of ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi.
The women's field - crowded with World Champions, Olympians, titleholders and contenders - includes Bermuda's Flora Duffy, ITU World Triathlon Series 2017 Champion; New Zealand's Andrea Hewitt, Abu Dhabi defending champion; Austria's Sara Vilic, who also earned a podium finish in Abu Dhabi last year; World Number two Australia's Ashleigh Gentle, World Number three and Olympian USA's Olympian Katie Zaferes and Olympic medalist Great Britain's Vicky Holland. The top nine female titans boast a total of 61 wins and 171 podium finishes between them.
"This is another world-class field for Abu Dhabi and it’s fantastic to see nine of the top ten female triathletes in the world taking part, including two World Champions and 22 Olympians headlining the 2018 race,” said His Excellency Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, host of the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi. "This will be one of the most exciting fields on the WTS calendar, greatly complementing our efforts to encourage more women in the region to follow in the footsteps of such inspirational athletes and take up the sport."
After a stunning 2017 that saw Flora Duffy notch-up four gold on the WTS circuit and the World Champion title, Bermudian superstar is looking forward to make her debut on the iconic Yas Island course.
"I was disappointed to miss the Abu Dhabi race last year due to an injury," said Duffy. "I've heard a ton of great things about Yas Island course so I can't wait to tackle it next month – especially the bike course which looks like it’s really suited to my aggressive style of racing."
"I've never topped the podium in Abu Dhabi so, of course, it would be amazing to start the season with a win. I’m going all in as always and hoping for the best possible outcome!" said Duffy, who has made a name for herself as one of the strongest cyclists in the field.
Carrying the USA flag next month will be compatriots World Number three and four Katie Zaferes and Kirsten Kasper, returning to take on the Yas Island course this March.
"I had a really good season last year and I am intent on maintaining that momentum," said Zaferes who earned medals in three WTS races in 2017 and finishing in the top 10 in all but one race. She finished the WTS series ranked third overall, which marked her first-ever world championship medal. She was fourth overall in 2016 and fifth in 2015.
"I am very fond of the Abu Dhabi race and have flown in to compete since 2015. The start list is very exciting and I can't wait to get back to the Yas Island course this year," said Zaferes who is intent on a podium finish.
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Amlin CEO & Triathlon Chairman Speaks With Islandstats.com
As we previously reported MS Amlin AG Bermuda Branch, a global re/insurer with offices in Bermuda, will be the title sponsors of the ITU World Triathlon Series in Bermuda on April 28th, with the event to be branded as the ‘MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda’.
Rob Wyatt, CEO of MS Amlin AG Bermuda Branch, commented: “We are honoured to have been chosen as the Title Sponsor for the first ITU World Triathlon being held here in Bermuda.
Phil Schmidt, Local Organizing Committee Chairman of World Triathlon Bermuda. “MS Amlin stands for quality and fairness in the reinsurance industry, which are key values for any athlete and we are delighted to be partnering with them.”
Friday, February 02, 2018
Duffy To Start WTS 2018 Season in Abu Dhabi
Superstars of elite triathlon will descend on the capital of the Emirates this March to kick off the 2018 World Triathlon Series in Abu Dhabi 2018, with race organizers confirming that some of the most highly decorated athletes in the sport will compete between March 2nd and 3rd on Yas Island.
In the women’s field, Two-time world champion, Bermudian Flora Duffy, will be toeing the start line, along with the full podium of last season, Aussie Ashleigh Gentle and American Katie Zaferes.
The star of last year’s race, Andrea Hewitt will also return to Yas Island this spring to once again compete for the WTS Abu Dhabi title. Hewitt contested another of the most memorable finishes of the ITU World Triathlon Series calendar in the 2017 event against Jodie Stimpson, with Hewitt pipping defending champion, Stimpson to first place by a matter of steps on the iconic blue carpet. Hewitt will once again toe the line in a bid to pick up the first honors of the 2018 season.
Thursday, February 01, 2018
MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda
MS Amlin AG Bermuda Branch, a global (re)insurer with offices in Bermuda, is pleased to announce its title sponsorship of the ITU World Triathlon Series in Bermuda on April 28th, 2018.
The event will be branded as the ‘MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda’.
The prestigious ITU event in Bermuda is the second of eight stops on the World Triathlon Series circuit before the finals in September, 2018.
With ITU events taking place across the globe and in many countries where MS Amlin has offices and clients, sponsorship of this event appears to be the natural next step for MS Amlin. Elite athletes in the Series will win points to work their way toward the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 where MS&AD, MS Amlin’s parent company and a global top-ten insurer, is based.
Rob Wyatt, CEO of MS Amlin AG Bermuda Branch, said, “We are honored to have been chosen as the Title Sponsor for the first ITU World Triathlon being held here in Bermuda. As an active office keen on sport, we are delighted to be lending our support to such a fantastic event - particularly one that resonates with Bermudians thanks to the success of triathletes such as Flora Duffy. We hope the event again showcases Bermuda as a wonderful venue for top level sporting activities, inspiring those of all ages to swim, bike and run.”
“We are delighted to be partnering with MS Amlin,” said Phil Schmidt, Local Organizing Committee Chairman of World Triathlon Bermuda. “MS Amlin stands for quality and fairness in the (re)insurance industry, which are key values for any athlete.”
Pat Phillip-Fairn of the Bermuda Tourism Authority also commented: “We look forward to welcoming the world’s top athletes and triathlon enthusiasts to experience all that Bermuda has to offer. The ‘MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda’ will become a pinnacle event in the triathlon calendar. We are extremely grateful for the generous support of MS Amlin, and we thank them for their partnership, demonstrating their wider, ongoing support for Bermuda.”
The event will be hosted in Hamilton on April 28th, 2018, showcasing the island’s naturally crystal clear waters, hilly terrain and colorful buildings. Bermuda residents are being encouraged to be out in full force, to proudly support Bermuda’s achievement as host and to support reigning eight-time World Champion and Olympian, Bermudian Flora Duffy.
The day will comprise of both the Elite race and the Age Group amateur race, which will attract hundreds of runners, including locals trying their first triathlon. A team of employees from MS Amlin will participate in the amateur Age Group triathlon race, while others in the MS Amlin family will volunteer at the event.
Front Street, Hamilton will be the focus of all racing and MS Amlin’s Bermuda offices which will also house the event office, is well positioned on the course. Organizers welcome sports enthusiasts of other disciplines to register and train for the April event, which does not require a qualifying time.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Duffy Female Triathlete of the Year
Over the month of January triathlon.org has been naming the “Best of 2017” moments from the year, anything from overall athletes to top race performances to inspirational finishes because when you have a year like we just had, you have to celebrate it!
Today they have announced that Women’s Overall Triathlete of the year is Bermuda’s Flora Duffy.
Duffy will forever be known as one, if not the top cyclists in the triathlon world. However, over the last couple of seasons, Duffy has proved that her strength does not lie in only pedaling alone. She has transitioned into one of the best overall triathletes, where she excels in all three disciplines - swim, bike and run. With her six WTS wins in 2017 and her second WTS World Crown, Duffy continued to be on fire in 2017, which only gets us more pumped and excited to see what she can do in 2018!