By Sharan Sunner, UAE, March 8, 2019: Micah Hambleton, 16, who is representing the UAE, took home gold in Division 1 of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 Triathlon competition, this morning (Micah Hambleton wins gold).
Today’s triathlon category for the World Games is the first competition of the Games and has integrated into ITU’s global event calendar for the very first time in Special Olympic history.
The event also saw the first official World Games medals handed out.
33 athletes of determination from 14 countries participated in the triathlon, which featured a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run at Yas Marina Circuit.
Commenting on his winning performance, Micah Hambleton wins gold said:
“Winning gold in the first competition of the Games feels absolutely incredible.
I have never felt more proud than I did going over the finish line and representing the UAE.
I hope this will inspire more people of determination to get involved in sports and show the world just how successful we can be.”
About Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE’s Armed Forces
Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 is an integral part of local, national and regional plans to expand opportunities for people of determination in line with Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s shared vision of a unified and inclusive society.
Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi will be the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world in 2019 (Micah Hambleton wins gold).
From 14 – 21 March, over 7,500 athletes and 3,000 coaches, representing more then 190 nations, will participate in 24 officially sanctioned Olympic-style sports in world-class venues throughout Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
The first ever Special Olympics World Games to hld in the Middle East and North Africa will also be the most unified Games in the 50-year history.
For more information on Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit abuDhabi2019.org