Posted on February 10, 2019

More than 400 athletes from Qatar and around the world took part in the third edition of Doha Triathlon which took place at MIA Park on Friday 8th February 2019.

The event which is supported by Qatar Tourism Council, Qatar Triathlon Federation, Qatar Olympic Committee and Qatar Museums featured different races for men and women including Olympic-distance triathlon, sprint, super sprint for youth and adults, in addition to a kids duathlon.

The excellent Doha weather helped greatly in the success of the event that included swimming in the bay next to the Museum of Islamic Art, cycling at Doha corniche and running in the scenic Mia Park. The event kicked off with the sprint race of national championship series, which included 750m swimming, 20 km cycling and 5km running. Saad Al Mejali from Q-Tri emerged as a new Qatar champion with 1:11:52h, taking over Ebrahim Al Romaihi, and reducing his last year’s time by 51 seconds to shift him to the third place, while Abdulrahman Al Jaber was second. It was followed by the Olympic-distance triathlon that involves 1500m swimming, 40 km cycling and 10km running.

The best overall men top place was won by Seyed Hassan Babaei, an international participant from Iran, with a time of 2:04:52, while on the ladies’ section, Toni Snoxell from TriClub Doha won first place with 2:23:59. In the team relays, Police Sport teams had an outstanding performance with Ismail Dergaa/Thomas Whateley/Ahmed Sebbar in first place (1:51:19) and Aziz Moullah/Fadhel Elhativ/Mohamed Mehdi in third (2:01:38). Next was the sprint distance (open category), where last year’s champion Bernard McCullagh kept his title as best over all male reducing his time from 1:06:14 to 1:02:32.

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He was followed by Ethan Bennett who also was second last year and veteran international participant from Spain, Ruben Hernando Ferrero with 1:03:34. Aday Alvarez was third in the open category with 1:04:03. In the ladies’ section Isora Sosa Caballero took the first place with 1:12:19 overtaking last year’s champion Carla Pegigueiro who was second with a time of 1:16:20 and international participant Mary Shepro from USA, Endurance Sports, who finished third with 1:17:23 . On team relays, Police Sport took the first place with 1:04:44 by Adam Ayari/Alvin Quimzon/Houssine Lahdou. 

More than 50 participants took part in the Super Sprint distance, with adult beginners and teenagers’ categories, Kids Duathlon, which only included swimming and running, was also overbooked with a variety of ages that ranged between 7 to 12 years old. The morning started with cold temperatures but turned to a very beautiful sunny day with high public attendance. All the participants received a commemorative medal after crossing the finish line, before celebrating in the festive finish line area. Later, Qatar Triathlon Federation officials and representatives of the sponsors and partners took part in the medal ceremony, where top three finishers received special medals and prizes from Al Tawfeeq Travels and Royal Air Maroc.

The success of Doha Triathlon 2019 came as no surprise, as the number of triathlon events in Qatar nearly tripled over the past few years, the country’s population of triathletes is constantly growing, and Qatar Triathlon Federation is working hard to promote the sport and form a strong national team through organizing various events that include the national triathlon series. Doha Triathlon was the third stage of the series, with the fourth and final stages scheduled for Lusail and the Pearl over the next couple of months. Doha Triathlon also clearly strengthened its position as one of the top triathlon events in the region. This year the event attracted triathletes from different countries around the world including Oman, Kuwait, Iran, USA, Great Britain, France, Spain and Romania. 

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Dr. Nasser Al Mohannadi, Qatar Cycling and Triathlon vice-president, and head of triathlon at the federation, said: “We are proud of the success achieved by the third edition of Doha Triathlon. It is great to see more than 400 participants, coming not only from Qatar, but also from all around the world joining us today. MIA Park provided the perfect setting for the event. We would like to thank Qatar National Tourism Council and Qatar Museums for their support to the event which will in turn support Qatar’s tourism and economy. We also, of course, would like to thank all the participants, our sponsors and our partners, without them it would have not been possible to organize such a wonderful event.”

“The sport of triathlon has seen rapid growth in Qatar during the past few years, thanks to the great support of Qatar Olympic Committee headed by HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani. The number of Qatari participants at this year’s Doha Triathlon increased by 20 percent compared to last year. It is an indication that we are heading in the right way. I was keen on participating in the event today as a triathlete to encourage the younger generation, and we were also honoured by the participation of the Qatar Cycling and Triathlon Federation President, Dr. Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari and the Qatar National Team members. The future of triathlon in Qatar looks bright,” he added.

Doha Triathlon partners include Al Tawfeeq Travel, Royal Air Maroc, Movenpick Hotel, LES Luxury Equipment Solutions, Qatar Living, Red Bull, Qatar Airways, Royal Riviera, Aqua Carpatica, Vita Coco, Almond Breeze, Eat Natural, Carbon Wheels and Padel Qatar.

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