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 meters of swimming, 180 kilometers of bicycle and the final marathon in eight hours, two minutes and twenty-three seconds, which left him at the gates of the podium of the Australian test -probably the one with the highest level of participation. this season apart from that of Hawaii, which was occupied by Australian Craig Alexander (winner with a time of 7:57:44), New Zealander Cameron Brown (second with 8:00:12) and 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 score enough points to have already mathematically assured his presence in the great Ironman Hawaii, great goal of the season and who will try to win for the first time. In this way, from now on you will be able to 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 Alava triathlete 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 harshness of the foot race took its toll on Eneko from 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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