Qatar participates in World Triathlon Championships

DOHA, The QCTF delegation has returned from the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships and Congress held on the Gold Coast of Australia this September 2018.

The ITU and Asian Triathlon Federation Congresses (ASTC) were attended by QCTF Vice President, leading triathlon, Professor Nasser Al-Mohannadi and QCTF Triathlon Coordinator and Age-group team manager, Bernard McCullagh.

Nasser Al-Mohannadi, QCTF Vice President, leading the triathlon programme said, The congress was a great moment for country, with the Asian and Global bodies seeing the real progress being made by the federation for the long-term development and success of the triathlon in Qatar. This was carried out through discussions during asian and International meetings and with their presidents followed with carrying flag in the opening ceremony and competing in the world championships event”

In addition to the congress success, the first ever Qatari’s participated in the ITU Age Group World Championships.

Age-group competitions occur in five-year age bands from 20-24 all the way into the 70’s and 80’s and allow committed and passionate athletes to compete on the international stage against their peers.

Unlike Elite athletes, athletes are self-funded and have to balance their intensive training programmes alongside demanding career commitments.

Qatari athletes competed in both the Sprint Distance Triathlon (750m swim/20km Bike/5km Run) and Olympic Distance Triathlon (1500m swim/40km Bike/10km Run) events.

The top performance was achieved by Essa Al-Maadeed who completed the Olympic Distance event in total time of 2h23m53s to finish 70 th in the World in his age-group (25-29.

The next opportunities exist for Qatari’s to participate in Age-Group world championship April 29-May 4 th at the ITU Multisport World Championships in Portugal, where athletes can represent their nation in the Long-Distance Triathlon (3km swim/120km bike/5km swim), Duathlon (run-bike-run), Aquabike (swim-bike) and Aquathlon (swim-run).

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee