DOHA, Qatar: Saad Al Mejali emerged as the new Qatar champion in the Third Doha Triathlon at Museum of Islamic Art Park (MIA) on Friday.
He clocked 1:11:52h to beat Ebrahim Al Romaihi, who came third behind Abdulrahman Al Jaber in the tournament which featured more than 400 athletes from Qatar and around the world.
The event, which was supported by Qatar Tourism Council, Qatar Triathlon Federation, Qatar Olympic Committee and Qatar Museums, had races for men and women including Olympic-distance triathlon, sprint, super sprint for youth and adults besides kids duathlon.
The excellent Doha weather helped greatly in the success of the event that included swimming in the bay next to the MIA Park, cycling at Doha Corniche and running at the park.
The event kicked off with the sprint race of national championship series, which included 750m swimming, 20 km cycling and 5km running.
It was followed by the Olympic-distance triathlon that involved 1500m swimming, 40 km cycling and 10km running.
Iran’s Seyed Hassan Babaei won the overall top place in the men’s section (2:04:52) while Toni Snoxell from TriClub claimed the women’s honour.
Bernard McCullagh defended his title in the sprint distance (open category) by winning in 1:02:32sec.
He was followed by Ethan Bennett who also was second last year and veteran international participant from Spain, Ruben Hernando Ferrero with 1:03:34.
Aday Alvarez was third in the open category with 1:04:03.
In the ladies’ section Isora Sosa Caballero took the first place with 1:12:19 overtaking last year’s champion Carla Pegigueiro who was second with a time of 1:16:20 and international participant Mary Shepro from USA, Endurance Sports, who finished third with 1:17:23 .
On team relays, Police Sport took the first place with 1:04:44 by Adam Ayari/Alvin Quimzon/Houssine Lahdou.
More than 50 participants took part in the Super Sprint distance, with adult beginners and teenagers’ categories, Kids Duathlon, which only included swimming and running, was also overbooked with a variety of ages that ranged between 7 to 12 years old.