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ITU WTS Abu Dhabi To Feature Stellar Start List

All reigning Olympic and world champions will compete in Abu Dhabi.

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The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has revealed the elite start list for next month’s ITU World Triathlon Series Abu Dhabi and it features some stellar names, including all reigning Olympic and world champions. It kicks off an important WTS season that will ultimately decide most of the spots on Olympic teams for next year.

On the men’s side, top names include 2014 ITU world champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Javier Gomez (ESP), 2012 Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee (GBR) and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Jonathan Brownlee (GBR). In addition to Gomez and the Brownlee brothers, the remaining seven men in the top-10 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series rankings will also be competing. Those names include Mario Mola (ESP), Joao Pereira (POR), Vincent Luis (FRA), Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS), Richard Murray (RSA), Ryan Bailie (AUS) and Aaron Royle (AUS). The American contingent for the men will include Joe Maloy and Jarrod Shoemaker.

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For the women, American Gwen Jorgensen returns to the WTS after a dominant 2014 season in which she won her first world title. For the first time since her gold medal performance, 2012 Olympic champion Nicola Spirig will look to play a big part in the WTS and will make the start in Abu Dhabi. Other big names on the women’s start list include American Sarah True (née Groff), Andrew Hewitt (NZL), Jodie Stimpson (GBR), Helen Jenkins (GBR), Kirsten Sweetland (CAN) and Emma Moffatt (AUS). In addition to Jorgensen and True, other American women starting the race are Chelsea Burns, Kaitlin Donner, Lindsey Jerdonek and Katie Zaferes (née Hursey).

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The race is set for March 6-7. Learn more at Abudhabi.triathlon.org.

Men
Fernando Alarza ESP
Miguel Arraiolos POR
Ryan Bailie AUS
Adam Bowden GBR
Alistair Brownlee GBR
Jonathan Brownlee GBR
Gregor Buchholz GER
Reinaldo Colucci BRA
Dorian Coninx FRA
Ron Darmon ISR
Simon De Cuyper BEL
Alessandro Fabian ITA
Luca Facchinetti ITA
Gabor Faldum HUN
Francesc Godoy ESP
Javier Gomez Noya ESP
Crisanto Grajales MEX
Aaron Harris GBR
David Hauss FRA
Vicente Hernandez ESP
Lukas Hollaus AUT
Ivan Ivanov UKR
Travis Johnston RSA
Kyle Jones CAN
Steffen Justus GER
Bryan Keane IRL
Alois Knabl AUT
Pierre Le Corre FRA
Aurélien Lescure ITU
Vincent Luis FRA
Joe Maloy USA
David Mcnamee GBR
Valentin Meshcheryakov KAZ
Mario Mola ESP
Conor Murphy IRL
Richard Murray RSA
Joao Pereira POR
Rostyslav Pevtsov AZE
Dmitry Polyanskiy RUS
Igor Polyanskiy RUS
Anthony Pujades FRA
Aurelien Raphael FRA
Sven Riederer SUI
Gaspar Riveros CHI
Aaron Royle AUS
Andrea Salvisberg SUI
Danylo Sapunov UKR
Henri Schoeman RSA
Diogo Sclebin BRA
Brendan Sexton AUS
Jarrod Shoemaker USA
Joao Silva POR
Vladimir Turbayevskiy RUS
Ivan Tutukin RUS
Davide Uccellari ITA
Marten Van Riel BEL
Richard Varga SVK
Dan Wilson AUS
Jason Wilson BAR
Andrew Yorke CAN

Women
Anastasia Abrosimova RUS
Luisa Baptista BRA
Charlotte Bonin ITA
Sarah-Anne Brault CAN
Chelsea Burns USA
Maaike Caelers NED
Emmie Charayron FRA
Maria Czesnik POL
Elena Danilova RUS
Kaitlin Donner USA
Paula Findlay CAN
Vendula Frintova CZE
Lucy Hall GBR
Anne Haug GER
Andrea Hewitt NZL
Vicky Holland GBR
Sofie Hooghe BEL
Juri Ide JPN
Anneke Jenkins NZL
Helen Jenkins GBR
Lindsey Jerdonek USA
Agnieszka Jerzyk POL
Gwen Jorgensen USA
Yurie Kato JPN
Rachel Klamer NED
Anja Knapp GER
Ditte Kristensen DEN
Aoi Kuramoto JPN
Annamaria Mazzetti ITA
Charlotte McShane AUS
Emma Moffatt AUS
Ainhoa Murua ESP
Pamella Oliveira BRA
Ellen Pennock CAN
Gaia Peron ITU
Lisa Perterer AUT
Hanna Philippin GER
Mari Rabie RSA
Alexandra Razarenova RUS
Aileen Reid IRL
Claudia Rivas MEX
Barbara Riveros CHI
Rebecca Robisch GER
Carolina Routier ESP
Sophia Saller GER
Gillian Sanders RSA
Yuka Sato JPN
Mariya Shorets RUS
Mateja Simic SLO
Nicola Spirig SUI
Jodie Stimpson GBR
Kirsten Sweetland CAN
Yuko Takahashi JPN
Sarah True USA
Ai Ueda JPN
Katrien Verstuyft BEL
Yuliya Yelistratova UKR
Katie Zaferes USA