The Catalan Francesc Godoy and the Australian Natalie Van Coevorden prevailed over the heat and were the winners of the 26th Onditz Memorial, held yesterday in Donostia under a scorching sun, a temperature between 29 and 36 degrees and a very high percentage of humidity that converted the race in hell and caused numerous withdrawals. Of the 742 initially registered, 103 did not appear and the final number of classified was 530, including only 41 women.
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Godoy was the fastest in both the 1,5 kilometers of swimming and the 40 kilometers of cycling, which were very tough, so he only had to keep an eye on his rivals in the test on foot. He won with a time of 2 hours, 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Australians Joshua Maeder and Ryan Bailie completed the podium. Fourth, and the first from Gipuzkoa, was Jon Unanue from Zaragoza, who improved his fifth place in the last edition.
In the women's category, Australian Natalie Van Coevorden dominated the test from start to finish and won with a time of 2 hours, 23 minutes and 46 seconds, three minutes ahead of Natalia Raña, sister of triathlete Iván. Gipuzkoan Maider Gaztañaga completed the podium.