Faris al-Sultan (Arabic: فارس السلطان) was born 21 January 1978 in Munich to a German mother and an Iraqi father.
Faris al-Sultan is known for his strengths in all three triathlon disciplines. In the running segment, he has a consistent but uncommon form of a long stride and loose arms, described as "looping." In competition, he typically wears a Speedo and half-singlet.
Al-Sultan started out as a collegiate swimmer before taking on triathlon.
In addition to his athletic training, al-Sultan was a graduate student at in Munich, studying for an MA in Arabic Language & Literature, but he dropped out to focus on competing.
Faris won the the 2005 Ironman World Championship in Kailua and Kona Hawaii. He has taken up residence in Abu Dhabi, and was considered a home favorite for the recent Abu Dhabi Triathlon, and finished 8th.
He is affectionately referred to as the "Sultan of Sweat."