Miquel Blanchart and Saleta Castro, Spanish champions of medium distance triathlon
Miquel Blanchart and Saleta Castro Yesterday they were crowned Champions of Spain in the middle distance triathlon after completing in first place the 1.900-meter swim, 91-kilometer bike and 21-kilometer run, in a championship that began in the Landa reservoir, near the capital of Álava , and concluded at the Betoño de Gasteiz facilities.
In the men's category, against all odds, the Catalan Miquel Blanchart was victorious after completing the course in 3 hours and 57 minutes. Blanchart went from less to more in the triathlon and after enduring in the swimming and cycling tests, he took advantage of the last 21 kilometers of the test to overtake Richard Calle and impose himself on the finish line alone and with a comfortable advantage over the second classified, Richard Calle, who stopped the clock in four hours. Third place was obtained by Aimar Agirresarobe, in his first participation in a state championship.
Blanchart was awarded this event in Gasteiz after the great favorite for victory and current Spanish champion in Long Distance, Peru Alfaro, had to retire midway through the race due to discomfort that prevented him from showing his best side and winning.
In the women's category, the forecasts were fulfilled and the Galician Saleta Castro won the test ahead of the Navarrese Ana Casares and the veteran Inmaculada Pereiro. The Cidade de Lugo Fluvial triathlete remained in the leading positions during the almost two kilometers that the participants had to swim and she took advantage of the 91 kilometers by bicycle to take control of the test. Castro only needed half of the bike test to prevail over her rivals. From there, the athlete knew how to regulate the effort she made during the first part of the championship and crossed the finish line in first position in 4 hours and 36 minutes, leading the second classified by almost six minutes and the second place by seven. third.
The circuit where the test was held yesterday was designed in such a way that the spectators could enjoy the spectacle of a race of this level, despite the fact that in this edition Basque triathletes of great international prestige such as Eneko Llanos and Virginia Berasategi.
IX sprint triathlon Parallel to the Spanish Middle Distance Championship, the ninth Virgen Blanca triathlon was held in Gasteiz. The test, which was organized by Araba Ascentium, the Alava Triathlon Federation and the Euskadiko Triatloi Federazioa, was held in a sprint distance made up of 750-meter swims, 21 kilometers by bike and 5 kilometers in the run.
In this triathlon, the Australian Tamsyn Moana-Veale won the victory in the women's category, who completed the course in 1 hour and 12 minutes, while the winner in the men's category was her countryman Joshua Maeder, who did the same with a time of 1 hour and 4 minutes.