Eneko, Llanos fourth in Melbourne

The victory corresponded to Craig Alexander, with a time of 7:57:44, followed by Cameron Brown and Frederik Van Lierde.

Eneko Llanos yesterday added a new page to his brilliant resume after finishing fourth on the Ironman from Melbourne. The triathlete from Vitoria completed the 3800 meter swim, 180 kilometer bike ride and the final marathon in eight hours, two minutes and twenty-three seconds, which left him at the gates of the podium in the Australian event -probably the one with the highest level of participation this season apart from the one in Hawaii-, which was occupied by the Australian Craig Alexander (winner with a time of 7:57:44), the New Zealander Cameron Brown (second with 8:00:12) and the Belgian Frederik Van Liede (third with (8:01:26).

In any case, this fourth place, together with the third place that he won weeks ago in the Ironman of Abu Dhabi allows Eneko Llanos to add enough points to have already mathematically assured his presence in the great Ironman from Hawaii, the great objective of the season and which they will try to win for the first time. In this way, from now on you can take a well-deserved rest and think about other important races this year, such as the Long Distance Triathlon World Championship that will take place next July in Vitoria.

Regarding yesterday's competition in Melbourne, the triathlete from Alava completed the swimming segment with the leading group and came out of the water in ninth position. This same position was the one that he maintained at the conclusion of the 180 kilometers of bicycle. In the demanding final marathon, Llanos began to climb positions and formed a leading group with Alexander, Brown and Van Lierde. However, the hardness of the foot race took its toll on Eneko from the Wall from kilometer 30 and could not keep up with his teammates who, finally, preceded him at the finish line.

Alejandro Santamaría finished in seventeenth position. During the race he had an 8 minute penalty in the cycling segment.


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