Murua, Zuriñe Rodríguez and Marina Damlaimcourt get a place for the Olympic Games

After the celebration of the first day in Madrid of the ITU World Triathlon Series, Spain obtained the maximum number of places allowed for the Olympic Games. London in the elite female category. In this way and after an intense qualification process, Spain will go to the British capital with Ainhoa ​​Murua, Zuriñe Rodríguez and Marina Damlaimcourt.


The third round of the ITU Triathlon World Series, landed in Madrid full of unknowns and illusions for many applicants to obtain a place for the Olympics. From london. The last Olympic qualification test brought together a total of 63 triathletes who entered the Casa de Campo lake to complete the 1.5 km of swimming.

The first to get out of the water was Carolina Routier. The Banyoles triathlete led the competition with Abbie Thorrintong, Anna Godoy and Vicky Holland at the entrance to T1.

Upon reaching the cycling circuit, the leading group had a 20-second advantage over the pursuing squad, made up of some of the favorites to win.
like Hewitt, Riveros Díaz or Spirig.

However, this one would cut distances and halfway through the second round he joined the leading squad to form a group of about 30 triathletes. From behind, a chasing platoon made up of 13 triathletes tried to reach the front positions. The good work of this second block was rewarded, thanks in large part to the work of the German Haug, hunting down the leaders and joining the leading squad.

At the exit of T2 Spirig, Murua, Haug, Holland, Klammer, Muller and Sakimoto commanded the first of the four laps of the race on foot, at the same time that they achieved a small advantage in front of the chasing peloton.

The positions would not change in the course of the 10 km of running on foot; until 400 meters from the finish line, the Swiss launched an attack to which only Morrison and Riveros Díazeran were able to respond. Even so, the powerful sprint of the reigning European Champion was unattainable and Spirig crossed the finish line in first position, winning the gold medal.

The Irish Morrison obtained the silver medal, while the Chilean Riveros Díaz, obtained a creditable bronze medal in her debut in the 2012 World Series.

For her part, the Gipuzkoan continues to show her optimal form and achieved a splendid sixth place, after beating the British Vicky Holland in the final sprint. After her came Zuriñe Rodríguez in 31st position, with a guaranteed passport to London, as did Marina Damlaimcourt, who had to leave the race in the cycling sector due to physical problems.

Madrid's Marta Jiménez crossed the finish line in 47th place, and Carolina Routier finished 52th after suffering mechanical problems during the cycling section. Behind, Anna Godoy entered 55th position.

After the test, an excited Ainhoa ​​Murua commented that “I felt very well, especially on the bike. I got out of the water quite well and on the bike very
well… and I was ahead in every way and I am very happy to be able to finish sixth.

Female elite classification:

1 Nicola Spirig SUI 02: 06: 35
2 Aileen Morrison IRL 02: 06: 38
3. Barbara Riveros Diaz CHI 02:06:40
4. Anne Haug ALE 02:06:43
5 Rachel Klamer HOL 02: 07: 05
6 Ainhoa ​​Murua ESP 02: 07: 18
31. Zuriñe Rodríguez ESP 02:10:21
47. Marta Jimenez ESP 02:14:12
52 Carolina Routier ESP 02: 16: 06
55 Anna Godoy ESP 02: 17: 16
DNF Marina Damlaimcourt ESP Abandonment

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