How to watch World Triathlon Championship Series Finals Abu Dhabi

The final race of the 2022 World Triathlon Championship Series is almost here… and it's set to be a humdinger in the desert. Here’s how to watch…

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Abu Dhabi is set to host the final round of the 2022 World Triathlon Championship Series (WTCS) – and ninth of the series – on 23-26 November, over a weekend that promises to be the end-of-season showdown to end all showdowns!

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Why so? Because the men’s and women’s senior elite titles will be decided… and the race for global glory couldn’t be tighter! Just 69 points separate the top two women in the series standings – Georgia Taylor-Brown (3,925) and Flora Duffy (3,856) – and 118 between the top two men – Hayden Wilde (3,850) and Alex Yee (3,732).

Which female athletes are racing in Abu Dhabi? 

In short, everyone will be racing this last round but the focus will be on the title chase at the top between the current leader Taylor-Brown, who won the one-race Championship in 2020 in Hamburg, and the three-time and reigning champion Duffy.

Athletes can take their top four results into the Final, so for recent Super League Series winner Taylor-Brown that’s three race wins in Yokohama, Montreal and Cagliari, plus a second place in Leeds.

For Duffy her points come from wins at the 2021 Abu Dhabi race, Hamburg and Bermuda, plus a third place in Yokohama.

For Taylor-Brown to win and bring the title back to the UK (the last British female winner over a full series was Vicky Holland in 2018) she needs to finish ahead of Duffy.

GB’s Beth Potter starts the final race in bronze position, after collecting the same colour at the penultimate race in Bermuda on 6 November.

Which male athletes are racing in Abu Dhabi? 

The men’s title race is just as tight with New Zealand’s Wilde currently in poll position ahead of GB’s Yee.

Olympic silver-medallist Yee had been hoping to start the final race in the top spot by capitalising on Olympic bronze medallist Wilde’s absence and taking another podium at the Bermuda race at the start of November.

But the trio of Frenchman Vincent Luis and Spaniards Antonio Serrat Seoane and Roberto Sanchez Mantecon decided to put in the race of their respective careers, relegating Yee into fifth place.

Yee now takes three wins (Yokohama, Montreal and Cagliari) and that Bermuda fifth place into Abu Dhabi; while Wilde takes two wins (Leeds and Hamburg) and two seconds (Yokohama and Montreal).

European champion Leo Bergere, of France, sits in third place after being knocked down a place by Yee’s Bermuda performance.

The WTCF Abu Dhabi course

What’s the swim course at WTCF Abu Dhabi?

Credit: Wagner Araujo/World Triathlon

The swim follows two 750m laps over an anti-clockwise circuit in Yas Marina before a 25om run up into transition.

What’s the bike course at WTCF Abu Dhabi?

Credit: Wagner Araujo/World Triathlon

Athletes will follow nine 4.444km laps around the Abu Dhabi Yas Marina F1 super-flat circuit.

What’s the run course at WTCF Abu Dhabi?

Credit: Tommy Zaferes/World Triathlon

Moving onto the run, 10km consisting of four x 2.507km laps, plus a final 72m into the finish line, completes the race. The run again covers the F1 track.

How can I watch WTCF Abu Dhabi?

You can watch all races live on TriathlonLive.tv, while UK audiences can also stream live coverage of the men’s and women’s races via BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport, the BBC Sport app and the BBC Red Button.

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When does WTCF Abu Dhabi start?

The race coverage will start at the following times*:

Thursday 24 November

  • 8am: Men’s PTVI1
  • 8:02am: Men’s PTVI2/3
  • 8:04am: Women’s PTVI1
  • 8:07am: Women’s PTVI2/3
  • 8:45am: Men’s PTWC1
  • 8:47am: Men’s PTWC2
  • 8:50am: Women PTWC1
  • 8:53am: Women’s PTWC2
  • 9:45am: Men’s PTS5
  • 9:50am: Women’s PTS5
  • 10am: Women’s PTS2/3/4
  • 10:10am: Men’s PTS4
  • 10:15am: Men’s PTS2/3

Friday 25 November

  • 7:30am: U23 Women’s Championship
  • 10:15am: U23 Men’s Championship
  • 1:06pm (9:06am UK): Elite Women’s Championship Finals

Saturday 26 November

  • 3:06pm (11:06am UK): Elite Men’s Championship Finals

*All times are local, which is 4hrs ahead of the UK.

World Triathlon 2022 Championship Series

The 2022 series visited seven different locations during the season, which officially started in September 2021 with WTCS Hamburg and then continued in November with WTCS Abu Dhabi followed by WTCS Yokohama in May of this year.

In June, sprint drama at WTCS Leeds and WTCS Montreal thrilled spectators before moving to Hamburg in July, Cagliari in October and Bermuda at the start of November.

Just the Grand Final remains to decide the 2022 World Triathlon champions.

WTCS 2022 overview 

  • 14-15 May: WTCS Yokohama (Olympic distance)
  • 11–12 June: WTCS Leeds (sprint distance)
  • 25–25 June: WTCS Montreal (three-stage eliminator)
  • 9–10 July: WTCS Hamburg (sprint distance)
  • 7–8 October: WTCS Cagliari (Olympic distance)
  • 5–6 November: WTCS Bermuda (Olympic distance)
  • 23–26 November: WTCS Grand Final Abu Dhabi (Olympic distance)

Top image credit: Tommy Zaferes/World Triathlon

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