After it was made public that Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR), the current 70.3 world record holder (3:29:04), was expected to join the Bahrain Endurance 13 team, the deal fell through. As reported by Kevin Mackinnon, the Norwegian triathlon federation declined to ratify Blummenfelt’s contract.
With one spot available on the Bahrain Endurance 13 team, the “12” team roaster looked to make a key pick up. On Feb. 19th, it was announced that they signed Vicky Holland (GBR), the 2018 World Triathlon Series (WTS) world champion and Olympic bronze medallist from 2016.
In a press release, Holland is quoted as saying, “Bahrain Endurance is, undoubtedly, the most successful triathlon team in history and with the inclusion now of both short course athletes and paratriathletes, it really is a fully diverse team covering every area of triathlon.”
With Bahrain Endurance 13’s most recent signings of long and short course triathletes, the 2019 team, has both world championship and Olympic aspirations. “This season I will be doing all I can to retain the world title I won in 2018,” says Holland. “My other big goal for this season is to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which I can tick off with a podium performance in the Olympic test event in Tokyo in August.”
Holland is expected to kick off her 2018 season at WTS Abu Dhabi on March 8.