Aude Touraine and Majed Mohammed triumph

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Aude Touraine and Majed Mohammed triumph

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.

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Published: Sat 14 Mar 2015, 2:58 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:57 PM

Nearly 300 athletes turned out for the event. — Supplied photo

Nearly 300 athletes turned out for the event. — Supplied photo

Dubai: Aude Touraine lifted the trophy for the best female triathlete while Majed Mohammed Salman Hassan Al Sabri was crowned the fastest male triathlete at the Third Dubai Desert Triathlon.

Nearly 300 athletes turned out this morning for the event, which combines the traditional Emirati sport of endurance horse riding with the triathlon disciplines of running and cycling, and 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.

Touraine was delighted with her performance. “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,” she said.

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.” 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.

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.



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