In the following article we want to highlight some of the best news of the year, when a triathlete returns to competition after a period of injury or after having suffered an accident.
Above sporting triumphs are always personal, such as when a triathlete suffers a hard hit or accident and is able to recover to return to compete, or also when after a long period of injuries we see him again in competition enjoying the sport.
These are some of the most relevant cases of “returns” of Spanish triathletes in 2019:
The Extremaduran completed a dream season after spending more than a year practically unable to compete for different injuries.
Miriam returned in a big way in the month of August with the victory in the Malmö European Cup and closed the year in a spectacular way with four top10 in four World Cups that earned him to climb more than 500 positions in the ITU ranking and position himself as best Spanish in the Olympic classification ranking for the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Miriam photo: ITU
After suffering a hard hit that deprived him of running the 2017 Ironman World Cup in Hawaii The Balearic Islands returned to competition this year in the standard distance triathlon without drafting in Can Picafort and in June it was 6th in the Total Triathlon Mallorca medium distance triathlon.
Carlos had also planned to run the Full of Vitoria and Embrunman but an appendicitis prevented him from doing so. Finally he was in Challenge Madrid where after a great swimming and cycling segment, he could not later do a marathon as he expected, just finishing the test.
Photo Carlos: Facebook Carlos López
The Spanish triathlete suffered a hard accident while training on a bike, which deprived him of competing in the first competitions of the year. He returned in a big way at the Vitoria Full where he got a great fourth position.
In September he returned to the Ironman circuit with a 12th place in the IM of Italy and closed the year shining in the IM Cozumel where he was 5th
One of the great joys of the year was seeing Tamara Gómez in competition after more than 3 years away from racing due to different injuries.
The triathlete from Alicante returned in the Classic Duathlon Cross Villa de la Roda in the relay mode, competing in the MTB segment and teaming up with Jose Antonio Bodoque, her physical therapist in all these years, who made the race on foot.
Photo: Sara Guerrero
The Catalan also returned to competition after stopping in 2016 due to mononucleosis.
Nan competed and won the Empuriabrava triathlon and later proclaimed himself the Champion of Catalonia in the Half Marathon with a time of 1'06'30 and days later he won the Half Marathon in Figueres with a great mark of 1'05'41.
Photos: Facebook Nan Oliveras
Vicente Hernández and David Castro
In the case of the Canary Vicente Hernández He could not repeat this season the good results of last year but managed to close the season with the victory in the Miyazaki World Cup.
On the other hand the manchego David Castro it had been two years without shining at its usual level and according to its category, but the bad luck fight ended with the victory in the Salinas World Cup
Vincent and David photos: ITU
The case of Carolina Routier It has been very special. After suffering a collision in April that could have cost him his life, the Catalan triathlete gave an authentic lesson in fighting and resilience, Mario Mola himself stated that Carol's example, her perseverance, strength and courage have been fundamental for him this season to become world champion for the third time.
After the accident, Carolina has not yet been able to compete but we wish her the best in 2019 and we are sure that she will return stronger than ever to fight with the best.