The Anfi Challenge Mogán Gran Canaria competition adds another triathlon star. Nicola Spirig will be back on the starting line, looking to revalidate her 2021 champion title.
The Swiss athlete is recovering from an injury and for health reasons was waiting for confirmation, finally her love for this test has decided to participate. “I love the island and this competition, I'm going to run".
With this confirmation, the Olympic triathlete is placed as the favorite of the category, with a list of winners that is a cover letter without equal in the international triathlon scene.
Nicola has participated in five Summer Olympic Games, she was a gold medalist in London 2012 and a silver medalist in Rio de Janeiro 2016. She also won a gold medal at the European Games in Baku 2015.
In addition, Spirig took home the silver medal at the 2010 Triathlon World Championships, and has two medals at the Mixed Relay Triathlon World Championships, in 2010 and 2011, as well as nine medals at the European Triathlon Championships. Triathlon between the years 2007 and 2018. In addition, he won a gold medal at the 2021 Middle Distance Triathlon European Championship.
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More than 350 registered in the test
Nicola Spirig has finally said yes to the Anfi Challenge Mogán Gran Canaria and with her, the competition goes one step higher.
Along with it, this Saturday 350 participants from more than 50 different nationalities will participate, which has made this edition the record participation test between its two modalities.
Nicola Spirig will have to fight for the title, for which the British Olympian also disputes Lucy Hall, winner of a gold medal at the 2014 Mixed Relay Triathlon World Championships, gold at the 2016 European Championships, 2016 European Sprint and 2017 Cape Town World Cup.
The favorite for Spain is Sara Pérez Sala, second in the Challenge Samorin 'The championship', and silver in the 2021 aquathlon world championship, to which is added the Olympic medal for the Czech Republic, Petra Kurikova, and Anna Tomica, Els Visser, Indian Lee, Sarah Bonner, or Julia Skala, among other champions.
Challenge Mogán takes place this Saturday, April 23, starting at 8 in the morning, at 9 in the Peninsula.
Where to see it live?
The test will be broadcast via streaming live to the whole world on the channel ChallengeFamily.
The broadcast will feature commentators in several languages, who will bring the details of this test to all homes.
A great Poster of professionals
Most of the participants in the event have already arrived on the island, filling the south of Gran Canaria with the most demanding sporting level. Today, in Anfi del Mar (Mogán), the countdown to the Anfi Challenge Mogán Gran Canaria was already visible, with elite athletes rushing their training in the last hours before the race.
This is the case of the three-time Olympic medalist, five-time Triathlon World Championship medalist, two-time European Speed Championship champion, Jonathan Brownlee, already on the island, like the French champion, silver in Rio 2016 and sixth in Tokyo 2020 Clement mignon.
The 2021 Belgian champion is already training in Gran Canaria Jonathan Wayaffe, Sebi Neef, Thomas Navarro, Joao ferreira, Victor Alexander, Tim Gonsjak, among others, such as the Swiss two-time Olympian triathlete Andrea Salvisberg (16th at Rio 2016 and 7th at Tokyo 2020), TOm Mets, thomas vanhalst, Kieran Lindars, Nicholas Ward Muñoz, Liam Lloyd, leonard arnold, Tim Van Hemel, Frank Guyon, Vincent Terrier,o Adrian Lainez.