This weekend the ITU Triathlon World Series returns to London in what will be the sixth stage of this 2015 season. Spain lands in the British capital with a total of nine triathletes looking to achieve glory in Hyde Park.
The recent history of Spanish triathlon is linked to London by the ties of successes that have been achieved in recent years by our athletes. The iconic Hyde Park has left us with unrepeatable images, from the first Olympic medal achieved by Javier Gómez Noya in 2012, the Olympic diploma conquered by Ainhoa Murua, the world championship conquered in the final meters in the Grand Final held in 2013 in a vibrant and agonizing final sprint between the Galician triathlete and Jonathan Brownlee, the runner-up in the U23 World Championship of Fernando Alarza in 2013, the first triumph of Mario Mola in 2014 and its consolidation in the world elite, and many other feats of our athletes. Dream competitions that have left unforgettable memories in our retinas.
A city and a venue closely linked to our sport, which along the 31 Sunday of May will see some of the triathlon figures take Lake Serpertine to tackle the 750 m swimming test, which, one more year, will return to develop in sprint distance. After leaving the water, the 20 km cyclists will arrive by a stretch of four laps that will sail the vicinity of the central London park. The final 5 km of the race will then subside on foot, a two-lane course that will border Serpentine Lake.
To start the 16: 05 (Spanish peninsular time) the male elite, with the Spanish Mario Mola -who will seek to reissue the triumph achieved last season- and Fernando Alarza. Both Spaniards, second and third place in the ranking, will be accompanied by Cesc Godoy, Jesús Gomar and newcomer Antonio Serrat. In front of them, rivals of the likes of the Brownlee brothers, Alistair y Jonathan, who will fight to climb to the top of the podium before their audience. In addition, the list of candidates for the podium joins the South African Richard Murray, the French Vincent Luis or the Portuguese Joao Silva among others.
Later, the female elite will come into play, arriving in London with Ainhoa Murua, Carolina Routier, Miriam Casillas y Tamara Gómez
A competition that will start at 17: 45 hours in mainland Spain, and in which the US presents triathletes of great power, with the reigning world champion Gwen Jorgensen to the head. Next to her, Sarah True, Katie Zaferes or the New Zealand Andrea Hewitt they will be the great rivals to beat.