Tom Brady’s team wins first-ever UIM E1 World Championship in Jeddah

NFL superstar Tom Brady’s racing team has taken out the inaugural UIM E1 World Championship in Jeddah after two days of tense competition in front of thousands of fans on the Red Sea.

The world’s first all-electric raceboat championship saw eight teams battle it out under the Jeddah sunshine in high-octane racing, with speeds in excess of 50 knots (92kph / 57 mph), captivating fans as teams competed for the top podium finish.

Hailing from Britain and Finland, Team Brady pilots Sam Coleman and Emma Kimiläinen staged an impressive comeback to beat day one leaders Team Miami, owned by singer-songwriter Marc Anthony. The winning margin was almost 20 seconds with a Team Brady time of 6.58.51.

Cricket superstar Virat Kohli’s Team Blue Rising took third place on the podium.

Season one will continue in some of the most breathtaking coastal cities across the world, including Monaco on 27th July.

UIM E1 Championship in Jeddah, photo source: E1

“The past two days of competition have surpassed all expectations and the passion, commitment and spirit shown by all of the team pilots has been incredible,” said Rodi Basso, Co-Founder and CEO of E1. “E1 has firmly landed on the global sporting map… Huge congratulations to Team Brady for taking home the first ever E1 Championship trophy.”

Sam Coleman and Emma Kimiläinen said that they are “delighted” to take home the top spot from the first ever E1 event.

“We’ve already had a message through from Tom and he’s super happy with the win. Both Sam and I are so incredibly proud to represent Tom and we’re pleased we were able to make history at E1’s inaugural race,” said Emma, a professional racing driver.

The next stop on the E1 Championship calendar is Venice on 11th and 12th May, with the series culminating in a race to Hong Kong on 9th and 10th November.

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Main photo: Team Brady pilots Sam Coleman and Emma Kimiläinen, source: E1



Monaco Run 2024: Yann Schrub at the start line of the 5km Hoka

French athlete and European Cross-Country champion Yann Schrub will headline an elite field for the 5km Hoka during the upcoming Monaco Run.  

The 5km Hoka has been the flagship event of the Monaco Run since 2019, and will once again this year feature a high level of athletes.

Frenchman Yann Schrub – 2023 European Cross-Country champion and silver medalist at the 2022 European Championships in Munich over 10,000m – will be the favorite. It will be his second time in the Principality after Herculis EBS 2023, and he will undoubtedly want to leave his mark on the event which smiled on his compatriot Jimmy Gressier last year when he achieved the European 5km record with 13:12.

Schrub, whose 5,000m reference is 13:11.44, will have as his main competition the young Dutchman and European Junior 5,000m champion Niels Laros (13:23.01 over 5,000m), and the Englishman Jonathan Davies (13:16.66 over 5,000m).

Also worth keeping an eye on is French hopeful Nils Serre Gheri, who broke the French Junior 5km record one year ago in Monaco. Meanwhile, Pietro Riva will represent a numerous Italian “delegation” in the Principality and will try to navigate among tough competition.

For the women, Megan Keith will be the figurehead of the race. With her two European Champion titles in the 5,000m and Cross-Country in 2023, the English native arrives in Monaco full of confidence, and a benchmark of 14:56.98 over 5,000m.

Facing her, Africans Selah Busienei (Kenya) and Likina Amebaw (Ethiopia) will also have ambition, notably Busienei who has a time of 14:48.24 over 5,000m.

France’s Mélanie Allier, French champion over 10,000m, and Léonie Periault, bronze medalist at the Tokyo Olympics triathlon, will also want to shine on the fast Monegasque course.

The Monaco Run kicks off on Sunday 11th February at 9am at the port.

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