The Arizona Ironman distributes four seats for Kona 2019, one for the winner and the winner and the other two depending on the number of finishers in each category
This Sunday is disputed in the American city of Tempe Ironman from Arizona, one of the fastest Ironman calendar tests and one appointment that brings back very good memories to the Spanish triathlon.
The November 20 of 2011 Eneko Llanos became the first Spaniard to break the 8-hour barrier in an Ironman distance triathlon, taking the victory with a time of 7:59:42.
Two years laters Victor del Corral he won achieving a spectacular double, since he had done the same 2 weeks before at IM Florida. Later in 2014 Clemente Alonso He achieved the 2nd place remaining only 42 "from the 8 hours drop.
The three will be on Sunday at the US event, in what could be described as the "Spanish championship" of Ironman, since between the three they add 13 victories in Ironman tests and 27 podiums. In addition to Eneko, Victor y clement they will also be competing in Arizona Michael Alonso (Clemente's brother) who last year was 4th in this same test and Vicenç Castellà.
The decline of the Canadian Brent McMahon leaves the test very open, with several candidates for victory, such as the German Andreas Dreitz, the British "Joe" Skipper, the French Antony Costs or the Slovenian David Plese. The three "greats" Eneko, Victor y clement they are trained to fight with them from you to you.
Regarding the women's competition, the Americans Heather Jackson y Meredith Kessler are the favorites, along with the Australian Carrie Ballast and the Canadian Jen Annet.
The competition consists of 3.800m of swimming in the Río Salado, then 180km of practically flat cycling, divided into 3 laps of 60km and finally the marathon, which will run two laps of 21,1km, next to the river on a flat circuit until completing the 42,2 km.
There will be more than 3.000 triathletes at the start, with Arizona being one of the most massive events in the Ironman franchise.