Daniela Ryf wins Challenge Dubai

Daniela Ryf became the inaugural Challenge Dubai champion on the first step to what she hopes will land her a $1,000,000 payday by the end of the year.


The Swiss triathlete must have performed a jig of delight when she woke to fiercely windy conditions in the Emirates’ state tailor-made for the all-round strength she’s honed under Australian coach Brett Sutton.

And she took full advantage by powering through to the fastest bike split (2:18) and run (1:17) to win by over four minutes in 4:05:01 from Canadian Heather Wurtele and Denmark’s Challenge Bahrain champion Helle Frederiksen.