The Galician Iván Raña, world champion (2002) and double European champion (2002 and 2003) of triathlon, told EFE today, Thursday, in Madrid, where on Saturday a World Cup test of this sport will be held, which is one of his "goals" of a season in which he wants to "screw her up in some career".
Raña, who will turn 32 next week, said, during the presentation of the Olympic World Cup event that combines swimming with cycling and the foot race that will take place this weekend in Madrid's Casa de Campo, which "Every time" he finds "better in the running race" and that 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 am going to get into the top ten », explained to Efe the triathlete from Órdes (Coruña).
"I start to feel good in the running race and that motivates me," said Raña, world runner-up in 2003 and 2004.
"I am confident that this year I can roll it in some race, because I have made a substantial change, especially in training," said Ivan, who at the London Games could be an Olympian for the fourth time and is not sure he can "roll it" now »in the test on Saturday in Madrid.
I think I still need a couple more races. I made a good training base this winter and now I have focused on doing quick series, "said Raña, during an event that was also attended by, among others, 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 late summer, so I do not rule out doing well in Kitzbuehel (Austria) -in the middle of this month- or in the (European) of Pontevedra (at the end)," said Raña.
Among the favorites to victory in the test on Saturday -with a distance of 1.500 meters swimming, forty kilometers by bike and another ten more on foot: the same that women will do on Sunday- Raña pointed out «(Javi Gómez) Noya, (to French) David Hauss (and to Germans Stephen) Justus and (Jan) Frodeno (Olympic champion in Beijing'08) ».
About the heat, that this edition is expected to be less than last year's edition, Raña explained to Efe that he prefers "more heat", but that "this is fine".