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Rider gallops, runs and cycles to Dubai Desert Triathlon victory

From left, Dubai Sports Council Secretary General Dr Ahmed Saad Al Sharif,  Mikel Calahorra, Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamed Al Khalifa, and Diego Bellon Santos.

From left, Dubai Sports Council Secretary General Dr Ahmed Saad Al Sharif, Mikel Calahorra, Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamed Al Khalifa, and Diego Bellon Santos.

Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamed Al Khalifa of Bahrain has won the overall prize at the inaugural Dubai Desert Triathlon, held at Dubai International Endurance City on Saturday.

A runner switches to horseback during a transition during the Dubai Desert Marathon.

A runner switches to horseback during a transition during the Dubai Desert Marathon.

More than 120 teams and nearly 400 athletes took park in the event, which comprised a 40km loop of Dubai International Endurance City (DIEC) on horseback, followed by a 25km cycling stage at the Al Qudra cycling track and a 5km run through the desert.

The event was held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and is organised by the Dubai Sports Council (DSC) in partnership with Meydan Racecourse.

Sheikh Naser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa won first place in the individual male triathlon category, with a time of 02:15:56. In second was his team-mate,  Mikel Calahorra, with Diego Bellon Santos in third.

Prizes were awarded in several categories; team, triathlete, and horse rider in male, female, and junior categories, the fastest cyclist and runner, and the best conditioned horse.

The overall women’s triathlon was won by Maha Khalid, with Ines Pintenat second and Sheelagh Pirzada third.

Khalid is a professional endurance rider and said she had to train hard on the cycling and running.

First place in the junior triathlon went to Atiq Hassan Ali, with Al Barrari stables winning the junior team title, and Etihad Stables taking honours in the senior team section.

 

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