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World Triathlon Series set for a third season in Yorkshire

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Picture credit: Dave Pearce / British Triathlon

Picture credit: Dave Pearce / British Triathlon

 

Leeds joins Bermuda, Abu Dhabi, Yokohama and the Grand Final on the Gold Coast as locations confirmed for 2018

Last month, in excess of 70,000 spectators cheered on the world’s best triathletes including local heroes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee who celebrated a second successive one-two finish in Millennium Square as the city received a true triathlon takeover.

Now the International Triathlon Union (ITU) has confirmed the ITU World Triathlon Series will return to the city of Leeds for a third successive year on 9th and 10th June 2018.

Leeds joins Bermuda, Abu Dhabi, Yokohama and the Grand Final on the Gold Coast as host locations confirmed for 2018 ITU World Triathlon Series.

Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake, said: "We are extremely proud and excited that Leeds will have the opportunity to host its third ITU World Triathlon Series event in 2018.

“The atmosphere generated by the large crowds in attendance at the 2017 Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds events was simply unbelievable and some of the best that the sport has ever seen.  

Picture credit: Dave Pearce / British Triathlon

Picture credit: Dave Pearce / British Triathlon

 

“Next year's occasion promises to be just as spectacular and we look forward to welcoming once again both athletes and spectators to the city where they can be guaranteed another huge Yorkshire welcome."

This year’s elite races were broadcast live with over two-million people tuning in to watch the Brownlee brothers deliver a dominant performance in their home city. In the women’s race, World Champion, Flora Duffy of Bermuda won the title, receiving a huge roar from the knowledgeable crowd as she crossed the finish line on the blue carpet.

The elite stars of triathlon were joined by almost 3,000 amateur triathletes who took part in beginner and mass participation events across the weekend.

Entries for the mass participation races will be open shortly, and with 91% of participant’s saying they would be taking part in the next staging of the ITU World Triathlon Leeds. Organisers are urging triathletes and fans inspired by the 2017 event to register their interest now.

The 2018 event will once again be supported by the National Lottery and organised by British Triathlon, in partnership with Leeds City Council, UK Sport and the ITU. Organisers will be looking to build on the high quality experience delivered for this year’s participants, fans and volunteers as the event aims to inspire even greater participation in the sport of triathlon.

Picture credit: Dave Pearce / British Triathlon

Picture credit: Dave Pearce / British Triathlon

 

Marisol Casado, ITU president and IOC member, said: “We are delighted to come back to Leeds for the third year. It is always amazing to see the support of the people of Leeds to this event, the thousands of spectators cheering on the streets, and the city showcasing its best all over the world.

“It’ll be again, superb to have the greatest triathletes in the world competing here, along with thousands of amateur triathletes.”

Jack Buckner, Chief Executive of British Triathlon, said: “To have confirmation of the 2018 event, shows the level of success of the Leeds leg of the ITU World Triathlon Series and the team can’t wait to deliver another outstanding triathlon experience for everyone next year.”

UK Sport CEO Liz Nicholl said: “The city (Leeds) has staged two hugely successful editions of the event. As we build toward Tokyo 2020, we are proud that the ITU World Triathlon Series in Leeds will be part of a package of international sporting events, backed by National Lottery funding, that we will stage in the UK over the coming years.”

Leeds City Council is the second-largest local authority in England with a population of around 776,000. As well as bringing world-class events, the city is building towards its ambition to become European Capital of Culture 2023.

Picture credit: Dave Pearce / British Triathlon

Picture credit: Dave Pearce / British Triathlon

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Chequered flag waves on 2015 Formula One season

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CHAMPION: Lewis Hamilton sealed the 2015 World Championship title following his victory in America in October

CHAMPION: Lewis Hamilton sealed the 2015 World Championship title following his victory in America in October

Rosberg wins in Abu Dhabi whilst Force India seal record points finish

Eight months and 19 races after the 2015 Formula One campaign began in Australia, drivers and constructors finally passed the finish line for the last time last weekend as the season drew to a close in Abu Dhabi.

With Lewis Hamilton already secured as the World Champion for the second year in a row, it was Mercedes teammate, Nico Rosberg, who took first spot in the Gulf State to finish his year with three straight victories.

The duo have been unstoppable this year, triumphing in every race except three, with only Sebastian Vettel being able to squeeze his way onto the top of the podium.

Whether Mercedes can prolong their dominance in the sport is still yet to be seen however there are certainly resemblances in their form to that of Red Bull’s when they enjoyed four championships in a row.

Elsewhere, Force India will be content with a season high finish for the constructors, ending in fifth spot, and drivers Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg sealing ninth and tenth place respectively.

The pair finished the season with a point’s flurry and came home in fifth and seventh spot in Abu Dhabi to round off a great season.

RACE: Drivers will now hang up their helmets for four months until the next Formula One season begins next year

RACE: Drivers will now hang up their helmets for four months until the next Formula One season begins next year

Mexican Perez, who has discovered the best form of his career in recent races, commented after the final flag of the season: “It feels great to end the season with a strong performance and I’m very satisfied with how everything has gone this weekend – both in qualifying and the race.

“Looking back on the whole season it’s been my best year in Formula One and the most successful year for the team. There is a lot of potential for next season and we will be aiming even higher.”  

Otmar Szafnauer, Chief Operating Officer at Force India, reiterated the enthusiasm of his driver and was confident of a successful 2016 campaign.

“We end the season with a strong result and 16 world championship points – the most we’ve scored at any race this season,” he said.

“Today’s result shows just how much progress we have made this season and gives me confidence ahead of 2016.

“The second part of the season is testament to the hard work of everyone in the team and highlights the upward direction the team has followed in the last few years.

“We will celebrate this year's results, but we know we cannot rest on our laurels: we're already at work on our 2016 cars to pick up where we left off tonight and be competitive from the start of next year’s championship.”

CONCLUSION: Force India recorded a season best 16 World Championship points in Abu Dhabi last weekend

CONCLUSION: Force India recorded a season best 16 World Championship points in Abu Dhabi last weekend

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World Champion

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CHAMPION: Lewis Hamilton clinched his second World Championship last weekend with a dominant display in Abu Dhabi.

CHAMPION: Lewis Hamilton clinched his second World Championship last weekend with a dominant display in Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton makes history in Abu Dhabi

In a season which saw the race for the Formula One World Championship go right down to the final day, it was Lewis Hamilton who clinched the prestigious accolade for a second time to cement his name amongst the British greats.

The Mercedes driver lead from the first flag to the last in a performance which perfectly summed up his 2014 campaign behind the wheel.

Edging ahead of his teammate, Nico Rosberg, on the first turn, the championship was never in doubt, especially when his German compatriot suffered engine difficulties and was pushed way back down the grid.

F1 Grand Prix of Abu DhabiThe pair had been neck and neck all year, with only Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo managing to shrug them off top spot on three occasions, and going into the race in Abu Dhabi, just 17 points separated them.

With points being doubled at the final grand prix of the year, the result was far from a foregone conclusion. Rosberg took pole position after qualifying fastest and another tight race looked to be coming.

It was a shame that car troubles took away some of the competitiveness on the final day of the racing calendar yet for Hamilton, it was still ‘the best day of his life’.

“This has been just an incredible year. I can't believe how amazing,” said Hamilton.

“This is the greatest moment in my life. It feels very surreal.

“(Winning in) 2008 was special but the feeling I have now is above and beyond. It's the greatest feeling I've ever had. Thanks so much everyone.”

Meanwhile, the Force India duo of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez picked up an impressive haul of 28 points on their final outing of the year, finishing in sixth and seventh position respectively.

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