Sunday 29 January 2023 - 11:02:42 am

Sergei Perelygin, Lindsay Webster crowned winners of 2022 Spartan World Championships

  • سيرجي وليندسي يتوّجان بلقب بطولة العالم للسبارتن 2022 في أبوظبي
  • سيرجي وليندسي يتوّجان بلقب بطولة العالم للسبارتن 2022 في أبوظبي

ABU DHABI, 3rd December, 2022 (WAM) -- Sergei Perelygin and Lindsay Webster were crowned 2022 Spartan World Champions, after they conquered an all-new course in Al Wathba desert to beat the best obstacle course racing athletes from across the globe.

Taking place at Al Wathba Luxury Collection Resort & Spa and organised in partnership with Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Spartan, the event saw a host of international athletes from more than 80 countries battle it out for the men and women’s individual World Championship Super vying for more than US$125,000 in prise money - only the second time the event has been held outside the United States of America.

The first-day of the two-day festival welcomed fierce competition with elite athletes from both categories each conquering a number of challenging obstacles, including A-Frame Cargo, Atlas Carry and Ape Hanger.

Sergei Perelygin, who settled for an impressive second place in last year’s race, won the Men’s Elite 2022 World Championship title following completion of the 10km race in a time of 1 hour 3 minutes and 47 seconds. Perelygin beat his fellow rival Ryan Atkins by 0.12 of a second, who achieved a time of 1 hour 3 minutes and 59 seconds.

The women’s category saw Canadian Lindsay Webster take home the victory with a time of 1 hour 12 minutes and 49 seconds to claim her fourth Spartan World Championship title, whilst Slovakian and European Spartan Champion, Ezster Hortobàgyiovà finished in second place with a time of 1 hour 14 minutes and 52 seconds.

Suhail Abdulla Al Areefi, Executive Director of Events Sector at the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said, "It’s the second year Abu Dhabi has held the Spartan World Championship and we’re extremely proud of the large and diverse participation from both men and women, it’s been a tremendous turnout. Hosting such an established brand within in the region further cements our efforts to encourage the community to get fit and take part in activities like Spartan.”

“Being back in Abu Dhabi for this year’s Spartan World Championship and be among this ever-growing community is tremendously exciting,” said Joe De Sena, CEO and Founder, Spartan. “The facility and course are absolutely world-class and the first day of racing has been phenomenal, we are looking forward to a great second day.”

Al Areefi and Joe De Sena presented the winners and runners-up from each category with their awards.

In addition to the two elite races, the event also showcased the Age Group World Championship with winners crowned across ten aged categories (ages 14 – 60+).

The second day of racing will see the Team World Championship Super, Open Team Super, Open Super, Open Sprint, and Kids Open all take place with more winners to be crowned.

Amjad Saleh/ Hatem Mohamed