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Watch: World Triathlon – Holland and Learmonth amongst five in action for GB
Vicky Holland and Georgia Taylor-Brown

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  1. LIVE: Elite women’s race featuring GB’s Vicky Holland, Jessica Learmonth, India Lee, Non Stanford, Georgia Taylor-Brown
  2. GB’s Alex Yee finishes second in his world triathlon debut behind Spain’s Marío Mola Días in first
  3. GB’s Tom Bishop finishes in tenth
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  1. GB’s ‘new triathlon superstar’ Yee takes second on debut

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    Video caption: Great Britain’s Alex Yee second on World Triathlon Series debut

    A brilliant running performance sees Great Britain’s Alex Yee finish second in his first World Triathlon Series race in Abu Dhabi.

  2. GB’s Vicky Holland ready for title defence

    Reigning world champion Vicky Holland will lead Great Britain’s challenge at today’s opening World Triathlon Series event of 2019 in Abu Dhabi.

    Holland, Jess Learmonth, India Lee, Non Stanford and Georgia Taylor-Brown are in the women’s event. Tom Bishop and Alex Yee compete in the men’s event.

    “I really wanted to go to this first race as the defending world champion – wearing the number one,” said Holland.

    Olympic qualification for Tokyo will also be at stake this season.

    Read more here – or watch the video below.

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    Video caption: World Triathlon Series: World champion Vicky Holland excited & nervous for new season
  3. Why Non Stanford left the Brownlee Centre

    When it’s called The Brownlee Centre, you know it has triathlon pedigree.

    The training facility in Leeds is the base for the Brownlee brothers – Alistair and Jonny – plus many of Britain’s other top triathletes.

    They included Non Stanford until she left late in 2018 to join an international training group instead.

    The 2013 world champion says a focus on self-coaching was leading to too many injuries and feels that three months under new coach Joel Filliol has put her in her best shape for years as she prepares for the World Triathlon Series, which begins in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

    Read more here – or watch the video below.

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    Video caption: Former world champion triathlete Non Stanford reveals why she left her Leeds training base
  4. Previous World Champions

    Great Britain have had recent success in the World Triathlon Series. The 2018 season saw Vicky Holland crowned as World Champion with her compatriot, Georgia Taylor-Brown, finishing in third. The pair also finished as the 1-2 at the Leeds leg of last years’ calendar. This was GB’s best result since 2013 when Non Stanford and Jodie Stimpson took home the first and second spot.

    Vicky Holland and Georgia Taylor

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    Image caption: Vicky Holland and Georgia Taylor took gold and silver in last year’s Triathlon World Series event in Leeds.

    When the World Triathlon Series began in 2009, Alistair Brownlee won two of the first three seasons with his brother, Jonathan, taking the title in 2012. Since then, the men’s series has been dominated by Spaniards with Javier Gomez and Mario Mola winning three titles each in that time.

  5. What is the World Triathlon Series?

    Contested every year, the ITU World Triathlon Series is competed across the globe in order to find the next men’s and women’s World Champion. Since 2018, a mixed relay championship has also been run.

    This year’s series begins with this week’s trip to Abu Dhabi, before heading to Bermuda and Yokohama in Japan. The European events start in June for the AJ Bell World Triathlon in Leeds. A trip to Hamburg is sandwiched by two events in Canada, Montreal and Edmonton, before the Grand Final takes place in Lausanne, Switzerland at the end of August.

    2019 ITU World Triathlon Series Calendar

    Abu Dhabi, March 8-9

    Bermuda, April 27/28

    Yokohama, May 18-19

    Leeds, June 8/9

    Montreal, June 29

    Hamburg, July 6-7

    Edmonton, July 20/21

    ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Lausanne August 29 – September 1

  6. How can I watch the World Triathlon Series?

    All times are GMT and subject to change

    Friday 8th March

    09:15-11:15, Elite men’s race, BBC Red Button and online

    11:50-13:20, Elite women’s race, BBC Red Button and online

    Saturday 9th March

    07:50-09:45, Elite mixed relay, BBC Red Button and online

  7. Get Inspired: How to get into Triathlon

    Like running, swimming or cycling? Fancy doing all three, one after the other? If you answered yes to the previous two questions then triathlon is the sport for you!

    The Olympic distances are a 1.5km swim, followed by a 40km cycle, rounded off with a 10km run. But don’t feel daunted, it really is for everybody, as 63-year-old Grandma Sue Faulkner proved in 2015!

    The sport has a range of distances and formats to cut your teeth on, and as long as your daily exercise includes all three disciplines, you can call yourself a triathlete with pride.

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    Video caption: Louise Minchin: How BBC Breakfast presenter & others caught the triathlon bug

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