World Triathlon Series 2018: Alistair Brownlee out of opener with calf injury

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Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee has withdrawn from the ITU World Triathlon Series opener in Abu Dhabi on Friday after pulling a calf muscle.

The 29-year-old was entered in the men's sprint distance race as he prepares for the Commonwealth Games.

"There's no chance of me not putting everything into a race and doing further damage," tweeted Brownlee.

Brownlee's brother Jonny remains in the race, which will be shown live on BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website.

He will be joined by Tom Bishop, who finished second in Abu Dhabi last year, Gordon Benson and Marc Austin as Great Britain's representatives in the men's race.

Olympic bronze medallist Vicky Holland, who recorded a World Cup win in South Africa following a nine-month injury lay-off, competes in the women's race.

"This is a really stacked race to begin the year with, you don't often get that at the first race of the year," she said.

Former world champion Non Stanford, Grand Final podium finisher Jess Learmonth and world under-23 medal winner Sophie Coldwell also take part.

Mario Mola of Spain and Flora Duffy from Bermuda are the reigning series champions and both race in the first of eight global events.


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Abu Dhabi, UAE

Friday, 2 March

Results (official website)

2018 standings (official website)


28-29 April

Yokohoma, Japan

12-13 May

Leeds, UK

9-10 June

Hamburg, Germany

14-15 July

Edmonton, Canada

27-29 July

Montreal, Canada

25-26 August

Grand Final: Gold Coast, Australia

12-16 September

(All times GMT until 25 March, 2018, and then BST)

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