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Photos: Athletes push for gold at Dubai's Ironman triathlon

Photos by Neeraj Murali

Published on March 12, 2021 at 19.44

More than 790 of them flew in from overseas specifically for the event.

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Dubai’s Jumeirah on Friday bustled with over 1,500 people who swam, biked and ran for this year’s Ironman 70.3 triathlon.
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More than 790 of them flew in from overseas specifically for the event, which was organised under the aegis of the Dubai Sports Council.
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At least 86 nationalities were represented at the starting line-up, with Russia (120), Kazakhstan (111) and the UK (49) fielding the most participants. Thirty-four — 30 men and four women — were Emiratis.
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“The race is great — it’s well organised and a really fast course. The atmosphere of the run, especially, is pretty cool. The people were really pushing me hard. I was impressed how many times I heard my name,” said Daniela Ryf, who won her third Ironman 70.3 Dubai crown on Friday.
Ryf, who bagged the Dubai women’s title in 2016 and 2017, made a triumphant return to the competition, with a blistering run to pip 2020 champion Imogen Simmonds.
Photo: Dubai Media Office
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“I felt really supported. I am really glad to be here and to start again the season with a strong race, that makes me really happy yeah,” she said.
Sweden’s Sara Svensk finished third, while Russia’s Elena Danilova and Cecilia Perez of Mexico brought up the Top 5.
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Out of the hundreds who took part in the race, 76 — 60 men and 16 women — were professionals. And nearly 500 were first-timers.
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Most of the participants were between the age group of 40 and 44, but the oldest was 78-year-old Edwina Brocklesby of Britain.
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In the men’s race, Denmark’s Daniel Bakkegard took the crown, with a time of three hours, 33 minutes and 2 seconds. He broke the previous Ironman 70.3 Dubai record of Jan Frodeno (03:34:48 set in 2016).
Portugal’s Filipe Azevedo finished second, while Sweden’s Rasmus Svenningsson, the 2018 Ironman 25-29 Age Group World Champion, came in third.
Photo: Dubai Media Office
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“It was a nice race where the organisers had everything under control,” said Bakkegard, saluting the organisers for a job well done.
“Certainly, they showed they could put together a good race even though we have this situation with Covid-19 going on. So yeah, I will definitely come back.”
 
 
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