The professional triathlete of Muntanyola, Erik Merino has won for the third time the Half Altriman Triathlon, considered one of the hardest triathlons in Europe and that is disputed in the French town of Matemale.
A total of 450 participants completed the 1.900m swim in Lac de Matemale, where Merino emerged from the water in eighth position, one minute from the leaders. The cycling segment consisted of 99 kilometers with four scoring ports and with a drop of more than 2.500m.
The Muntanyola team climbed positions port after port, on a day marked by sun and heat (35 degrees), went down to T2 in second position but with four minutes compared to the leader, also Catalan Xavier Jové.
The 20-kilometer foot race with a 450m positive drop was a continuous chase from Erik to Xavier up to kilometer 14, the highest point on the route, where Merino took the lead in the race and began to gain distance from the second.
He finally got what was the third victory in this test. With a 05 final time: 30: 45 I go more than 3 minutes Jové and David Dhooge pto complete the podium.
In post meta statements he commented: "I am very happy with this victory and to return to the competition, but especially satisfied with the performance during the race, after the month and a half injured by the accident at the Cannes International Triathlon.
It was not an easy victory, but we have not given up and we have fought to the end.
Now we will continue preparing the next objectives with a good injection of morale"