After a couple foggy mornings in Abu Dhabi, the race day started with a beautiful clear sky and very deep field of Professional athletes entered the calm waters on the beach of the Emirates Palace Hotel. Frederik Van Lierde pushed the early pace during the swim and he had Fraser Cartmell, Philip Graves and Dann Brook hot on his heels as he came out of the water after the first lap of the two lap 3k swim. On the second lap though Cartmell went to the front and he managed to get out of the water first.
Oakley's Cameron Brown Makes History With Ninth Victory, Oakley's Jo Lawn Wins With New Course Record
Oakley’s Cameron Brown claimed his ninth title, a world record, previously held by Paula Newby-Fraser in Kona (8 times), at the Bonita Ironman New Zealand. Oakley’s Terenzo Bozzone placed second. Oakley’s Jo Lawn gained the upper hand over rival Gina Crawford to reclaim the women’s title that she lost to the Christchurch triathlete last year in Taupo, setting a new course record in the process despite the windy conditions.