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[TODAY!] World Triathlon Abu Dhabi 2019: When, where and how to watch

The 2019 ITU season hits full speed on Friday with the fifth edition of the World Triathlon Abu Dhabi. Here are the details you need to follow the action

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The 2019 ITU World Triathlon Series begins on Friday in Abu Dhabi

Here’s your one-stop guide to following the action…

For the fifth consecutive season the Daman World Triathlon Abu Dhabi ( provides the opening round of the World Triathlon Series. Both of the 2018 World Champions, Great Britain’s Vicky Holland and Spain’s Mario Mola, will be racing this coming Friday in Yas Marina.

You can follow it all live (or via replay and highlights programming) – here’s what’s going on, when, who’s racing and how to watch it all unfold.


There will be three Elite triathlon events taking place this weekend (Abu Dhabi is GMT+4, four hours ahead of UK time). NOTE – the racing takes place on Friday and Saturday:

  • Friday 8th March 2019: Elite Men (Sprint) – 14:06 start time (local) / 10:06 UK-time
  • Friday 8th March 2019: Elite Women (Sprint) – 16:06 start time (local) / 12:06 UK-time
  • Saturday 9th March 2019: World Mixed Relay Series – 12:06 start time (local) / 08:06 UK-time

Abu Dhabi

Who is racing?

19 of the top 20 men, and 8 of the top 10 women from the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Series rankings are scheduled to race in what should be a very strong start to the 2019 season. Here are the full start lists:

British athletes racing?

Javier Gomez and Tom Bishop - ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi 2017


All events are based at Yas Marina, the home of the Yas Marina Circuit, home of the Abu Dhabi Formula 1™ Grand Prix

ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi 2017

  • Sprint Distance: 750m swim (1 lap), 20km bike (5 laps) 5km run (2 laps)
  • Mixed Relay: 300m swim (1 lap), 7.6km (2 laps), 1.5km run (2 laps)

2019 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi Elite course

*** HOW TO WATCH ***

There are a number of options for for UK viewers, for both live and repeated / highlights programming:

BBC Red Button and online coverage – LIVE

You will be able to follow the events live (and free), using the BBC Red Button service, at the following scheduled UK times:

  • Men’s race live: 09:50 to 11:15 (replayed 21:30  to 22:55) – Friday 8th March 2019
  • Women’s race live: 11:50 to 13:20 (replayed 22:55  to 0:25) – Friday 8th March 2019
  • Mixed Relay live: 07:50 to 09:45 (replayed 21:00 to 22:55) – Saturday 9th March 2019

TriathlonLive coverage – LIVE

All of the events will be covered live by the ITU subscription streaming service, TriathlonLive ( The service is “all-new” for 2019, full details of which were revealed by the ITU in this news piece. With an annual subscription costing around £25, and including more than 40 live events plus a host of addition programming (and access to an extensive archive), thats likely to be good value for money for any triathlon fan.

[UPDATE] The TriathlonLIVE coverage will start (with the pre-event shows), from the following UK times:

  • Men’s race live: 09:20 – Friday 8th March 2019
  • Women’s race live: 11:20  – Friday 8th March 2019
  • Mixed Relay live: 07:20 – Saturday 9th March 2019


BBC Two Highlights coverage

You can also join in the conversation and get insights – often not available to the broadcasters in real time – via Twitter, so it is well worth following these pages to support your viewing:

Event links:

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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