The Galician Iván Raña, world champion (2002) and double champion of Europe (2002 and 2003) of triathlon, told EFE today, Thursday, in Madrid, where on Saturday a World Cup test of this sport will be played, that this is one of her "goals" of a season in which she wants to "screw her into some race."
Raña, who will turn 32 next week, indicated, during the presentation of the Olympic sport World Cup event that joins swimming with cycling and the running race that will take place this weekend in Madrid's Casa de Campo, which "Every time" he feels "better in the running race" and that this is something that "motivates" him.
«This test is one of the objectives of this season for me and I hope to be in the front positions. I think I'm about to get into the top ten, "the triathlete from Órdes (Coruña) explained to Efe.
"I'm starting to notice well in the running and that motivates me," said Raña, world runner-up in 2003 and 2004.
"I am confident that this year I will be able to roll it in a race, because I have made a substantial change, especially in training," said Iván, who could be an Olympian for the fourth time at the London Games and is not sure he will be able to "roll it" ya »in the test on Saturday in Madrid.
I think I still need a couple more races. I made a good base of training this winter and now I have focused on doing fast series ", declared Raña, in the course of an act that was also attended, among others, by his countryman Javier Gómez Noya -double world champion-, the Asturian Omar González, technician of the previous one; Gipuzkoan Ainhoa Murúa, who aspires to be an Olympian for the third time next year, in London; and Marisol Casado, president of the International Triathlon Federation (ITU) and member of the IOC.
"I always improve my level in the middle and at the end of the summer, so I do not rule out doing it well in Kitzbuehel (Austria) -in the middle of this month- or in (the European of) Pontevedra (at the end of)", said Raña.
Among the favorites for victory in Saturday's test - with a 1.500-meter swim, 08-kilometer bike ride and another ten more run on foot: the same as the women will do on Sunday- Raña pointed out to «(Javi Gómez) Noya, (to the French) David Hauss (and to the Germans Stephen) Justus and (Jan) Frodeno (Olympic champion in Beijing 'XNUMX) ».
Regarding the heat, which this edition is expected to be lower than last year's edition, Raña explained to Efe that he prefers "more heat", but that "this is fine."