David Castro and Sara Guerrero Champions of Spain in the 2022 Olympic Triathlon

Today the Spanish Triathlon Championship in Olympic distance with a large number of international triathletes.

The victory in the men's category went to David Castro followed by Jordi García and by Kevin Tarek third.

In the women's race, the title was decided in a sprint where Sara Guerrero has won and Cecilia Santamaría has been second.

third has been Paula Smith.

The first race to be held was the women's elite event, with a very tight swim in which Irene Peinado, from Saltoki Trikideak, was seen in the leading group, and Cecilia Santamaría came out in first place, winning the Lottery jersey to the best partial in the water.

From the beginning of the cycling segment, a group of four was formed in the lead that came to exceed a minute and a half of difference with respect to their pursuers, and in which two members of the Náutico de Narón marched, Sara Guerrero and Natalia Castro; Cecilia Santamaría, from the Cidade de Lugo Fluvial; and Iratxe Arenal, from Saltoki Trikideak.

This is how the foot race also began, in which Sara Guerrero and Cecilia Santamaría soon left to play the race, with Natalia Castro and Iratxe Arenal making a bridge with a Paula Herrero, from Saltoki Trikideak, trying to close the gap and taking 20 seconds per lap to the leaders.

At the start of the last lap, Herrero was third, overtaking Iratxe Arenal and Natalia Castro, but with more than a minute's difference from the lead.

Sara Guerrero attacked from a distance to reach the finish line alone and proclaim herself champion of Spain in the 2022 Olympic Distance Triathlon, with a time of 1:57:23 and just one second over Cecilia Santamaría.

One minute and forty-eight seconds after the winner, Paula Herrero entered to sign the bronze medal.

The fourth place was for Iratxe Arenal, and the fifth for Natalia Castro. By teams, the victory went to Náutico de Narón, with a time of 6:02:48, ahead of Saltoki Trikideak and Cidade de Lugo Fluvial.

In the men's race, David Castro, from the EQTR Rodacal Beyem, was in the lead in the first transition after coming out of the water first and winning the Lottery jersey for the best swimming partial, from then on leading a group that started the cycling segment with slight advantage over the block of pursuers in which the rest of the favorites marched.

Both groups would end up joining to form a platoon of twelve triathletes with Castro; Jordi García, from CN Badalona; Ander Noaín and Pau González-Espresati, from Saltoki Trikideak; Ángel Sánchez, from Albacete Ingeteam; Adrián Martínez, from Infohouse Santiago; Jesús Jiménez, from Tripuçol; Antonio Benito, Kevin Tarek Viñuela and Guillem Montiel, from the Cidade de Lugo Fluvial; Iván Gil, from Diablillos de Rivas; and Luismi Velásquez, from the University of Alicante.

Decisive second transition, from which Jordi García and David Castro came out practically together with a slight advantage, the one from La Roda quickly escaping.

From behind, other favorites such as Antonio Benito began to appear, approaching the podium positions.

In the middle of the last segment, the first two positions remained, Castro and García, with Kevin Tarek progressing to third place and Antonio Benito also beating Ángel Sánchez to place fourth in the prelude to the podium, although later he would relinquish the position to Sanchez.

The last kilometers would still have surprises but below the first two places, signed by David Castro as champion, with a time of 1:43:31, and Jordi García, 21 seconds behind.

Third position was held by Kevin Tarek Viñuela, one minute and two seconds behind the winner. Ángel Sánchez got fourth place, and Guillem Montiel managed to come back to fifth place, beating Antonio Benito.

By teams, the victory went to Cidade de Lugo Fluvial, with a time of 5:15:19, ahead of Saltoki Trikideak and Triathlon Albacete Ingeteam.

In the U-23 category, Iratxe Arenal, from Saltoki Trikideak, was proclaimed champion; and Ángel Sánchez, from the Albacete Ingeteam Triathlon.

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