White 'Sub Par' at Abu Dhabi

Russell White WTS Abu Dhabi 2019 Finish Line

Russell White has given a frank assessment of his performance at this morning's World Triathlon season opener.

He finished a disappointing 39th at the first race of the sport's top league which was hosted by the Daman Abu Dhabi Triathlon.

And although the ranking is four places better than his starting position of 43rd, White never got going over the sprint distance race, which was won in exciting fashion by Spain's Mario Mola.

Execution

With his sights set firmly on mixing it with the best athletes in the world, White said after the race that this was not the way he wanted to start the season.

"I just didn’t execute a great race," said White.

"My swim was sub par due to it being rough around the buoys and getting caught up on the inside line."

White did have the skills to narrowly avoid a crash that took a number of riders out of the race but the resulting scrabble for places didn't help him as he battled through a frenetic bike leg.

"Onto the bike I mounted with the main pack but on the 1st corner there was crashes that I got caught up behind creating gaps and hurting the legs on a technical bike, not leaving much for the run," White said.

Russell White Abu Dhabi 2019 Swim Start

Struggling

White came in to T2 at the back of the lead group but struggled on the run, coming home (along with a number of other notable names) outside the top 30.

He now sets his sights on redemption in Australia next weekend where he races Mooloolaba World Cup.

"Winter training has been very good and positive so I am excited to race World Cup Mooloolaba next weekend followed by New Plymouth WC at the end of the month."

Results for WTS Abu Dhabi are on triathlon.org