Alava from Eneko Llanos closed the season by winning the Arizona Ironman played today, Sunday, in Tempe, United States, achieving a time of less than eight hours of racing.
The vitoriano has finished the race with a time of seven hours, 59 minutes and 38 seconds and becomes the second triathlete in history that ends below the barrier of eight hours in a test of Ironman played in the United States.
Eneko closed the 2011 season with this victory, after a tough fight in the race sector, ahead of the British Paul Arney, who crossed the finish line with a time of eight hours, one minute and 29 seconds.
This data shows the good form of Alava in the last test of the competitive calendar and the good preparation he has made of the race.
Llanos has been the strongest and has gone from less to more in the swimming, cycling and running sectors.
The man from Vitoria has reached the eleventh position at the transition between the swimming test and the bicycle, two minutes from the head of the race.
In the cycling route, Llanos has shown that it is the specialty that best dominates because he has begun to surpass rivals to take the leadership of the Ironman in the middle of the cycling sector, surpassing Arney by more than a minute and a half.
Llanos continued his good work on the bike and in the final change to get off the two wheels and start the final race on foot, he led the Danish Martín Jensen and the local Tim O'Donell in a minute and a half, while Arney lost almost two minutes from fifth place.
The Alavés began to weaken in the foot race, while Arney exhibited all his strength and hunted down the eleven kilometers, from which point they have been together taking a comfortable advantage over the rest of the rivals.
With the two favorites to the victory in the test lead, the kilometers were consumed and, in the final stretch, Eneko burned the ships, distanced the British less than four thousand meters to go and rode victoriously to the finish line.