Video: Tyler Butterfield Wins Abu Dhabi Triathlon

March 15, 2014

[Updated with video] Bermuda’s Tyler Butterfield dominated a field of top international athletes to win the prestigious Abu Dhabi International Triathlon in the United Arab Emirates today [Mar 15].

The $40,000 first place prize money attracted the best triathletes from around the world, with Bermuda’s two-time Olympian topping the field in a time of 6 hours and 43 minutes.

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Butterfield finished the 3km swim, 200km bike, and 20km run course in 6hrs 43min, with second place going to Bas Diederen of Belgium, Frenchman Sylvain Sudrie was third, and defending champion Frederik van Lierde of Belgium was fourth.

Around 2,000 competitors from 68 countries took part in the event, which offered a prize purse of around $200,000 in total.

Update 2.16pm: The top 8 are below

1Tyler Butterfield3BER06:43:01
2Bas Diederen9NED06:43:47
3Sylvain Sudrie5FRA06:45:06
4Frederik van Lierde1BEL06:46:12
5Bert Jammaer8BEL06:50:48
6Eneko Llanos2ESP07:01:28
7Edo van der Meer11NED07:02:14
8Henrik Hyldelund12DEN07:02:36

Update 3.42pm: The entire 4-hour video of the race can be found here on YouTube, and a ‘chopped’ version showing the last few minutes of the race and Butterfield crossing the line for the win is below. [Video may be a bit slow to load]

Update 11.50pm: Shadow Sports Minister Michael Weeks said, “The continuing athletic excellence of Tyler Butterfield continues to inspire and excite Bermudians of all ages. This latest achievement solidifies Tyler Butterfield as one of our premier athletes, both here at home and on the world stage.

“We commend Tyler for his latest accomplishment and will continue to support his athletic career as he goes on to even greater achievements in the future.”

- Photo courtesy of Abu Dhabi International Triathlon Twitter

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  1. Justin says:

    Amazing! Well done!

  2. Sensitive_Guy says:

    wow congrats to Tyler on the big win… Bermy pon top

  3. The Dark Knight Returns says:

    Wow. Congratulations Mr. Butterfield

  4. JAWS says:

    Guess I’m not the only Great White Shark, congrats my friend.

    • Well done says:

      Congratulations Tyler, you are definitely keeping Bermuda on the map

  5. Bull in a hurry says:

    Well done Tyler. Bring on Rio !

  6. Shawn Scraders says:

    Great work and your a top Athlete, well done your hard work always pays off Tyler, keep up the great work and thanks for inspiring the rest of the Bermudian Athletes and making Bermudians proud.

  7. Balanced Facts says:

    Brilliant Mate..well done at a time when we need Bermuda in a good spotlight!

  8. WhistleBlower says:

    Well done Tyler!! I am soooooo proud of you for showing us to NEVER GIVE UP, to BELIEVE in OURSELVES and to TRUST in who WE are!!!!!! I hope the airport is flooded with supporters upon your RETURN!!!!!!

    When do you return? WE can be there to SUPPORT, THANK and show you OUR GRATITUDE???????

  9. fidel says:

    a great victory tyler !!!!

  10. Michael Pierce says:

    Well Done!

  11. Graham says:

    Fantastic Tyler!!

  12. nana says:

    I’m very proud of you Tyler, all good gifts are come from God. May the Lord continue to bless you as you represent Bermuda. Blessings, Blessings and Blessings.

  13. haha says:

    This is crazy and hard. Well done!! 124 mile bike ride, no thanks!

  14. It's ok.. says:

    Congrats Tyler!!

  15. Frank says:

    Well done, thats awsome. Just imagine 6 hours and 43 minutes.amazing

  16. polly says:

    Excellent! Congrats and great job Tyler!!

  17. Show Boat says:

    Many years of hard work and dedication – paying off for him! Congrats!

  18. Patricia says:

    Congratulations. Just terrific.

  19. Karla says:

    OMW…Oh My Wow! Congrats Tyler very impressive. You’re #1. Thank you and keep up the good work.Bermuda is proud of you.

  20. Prayerful says:

    Bermuda IS proud of you. Thanks for keeping us on the good map!

  21. bermudagirl says:

    Congrats on a job well done Tyler! You have made Bermuda proud!
    Hope you heard the Bermudians cheering you on!

  22. M & M says:

    Well done Tyler!! And to all the disliking haters… let’s see you do better!