This from ITU :
Superstars of elite triathlon will descend on the capital of the Emirates this March to kick off the 2018 World Triathlon Series in Abu Dhabi 2018, with race organisers confirming that some of the most highly decorated athletes in the sport will compete between 2-3 March on Yas Island.
In the women’s field, the star of last year’s race, Andrea Hewitt will also return to Yas Island this spring to once again compete for the WTS Abu Dhabi title. Hewitt contested another of the most memorable finishes of the ITU World Triathlon Series calendar in the 2017 event against Jodie Stimpson, with Hewitt pipping defending champion, Stimpson to first place by a matter of steps on the iconic blue carpet. Hewitt will once again toe the line in a bid to pick up the first honours of the 2018 season, between 2-3 March.
Hoping to retain her WTS Abu Dhabi title, Andrea Hewitt commented; “I’m delighted to be returning to Abu Dhabi this year, a place that holds some amazing memories for me following my first-place finish last year. The 2017 race was a turning point for me both personally and professionally. I had trained so hard, went into the race in good form and knew that I had a chance of doing well. To pick up the gold-medal, the way I did, it was an overwhelming sense of emotion. I think that showed at the finish line. That victory would not have been possible, had it not been for the fantastic support I received from family, friends and the triathlon community. I’m looking forward to seeing what this year’s race holds and with a bit of luck, I’ll be on the podium again!”.
It will not be easy for the kiwi to fight again for the victory in Abu Dhabi, as the women’s field will be one of the strongest ever. Two-time world champion, Bermudian Flora Duffy, will also be toeing the start line, along with the full pódium of last season: Aussie Ashleigh Gentle and American Katie Zaferes.
The Brits will bring along a powerfull squad, with Jodie Stimpson, Non Stanford and Vicky Holland, while the Americans will be present with Summer Cook, Chelsea Burns, Renee Tomlin and Taylor Spivey. Dutch Rachel Klamer or Japanese Ai Ueda and Juri Ide will be, for sure, among the ones to watch closely.