Spanish triathletes Virginia Berasategui and Eneko Llanos leave this week for Hawaii, where they will finish their preparation to participate in the Kona World Championship (better known as the Ironman of Hawaii), the toughest test of the specialty, next October 8 .
Berasategui and Llanos, both awarded scholarships by the BAT Basque Team Foundation, aspire to improve their brands last year, an edition in which Bilbao obtained fourth position, and Vitoria, seventh.
This test, which reaches its thirty-fourth edition this year, requires an extraordinary preparation and endurance from its participants. Last year, Virginia Berasategui spent 9 hours and 16 minutes on the tour, and Eneko Llanos 8 hours and 22 minutes.
Virginia Berasategui arrives in Hawaii, where she already rose to the medal table by achieving bronze in 2009, after achieving tenth place in the European Tronman Championship, held in Frankfurt (Germany) in July, and fifth in the Wildflower Triathlon in San Antonio California (U.S).
In addition, this year he has been able to add to his resume the victory in the first edition of the Bilbao Triathlon. Berasategui (Bilbao, 1975) is the Basque triathlete with the best track record, with a history of 17 years in international competition since her first successes in the junior category.
Among other triumphs, she has been twice winner in the Ironman of Lanzarote (2004 and 2005), winner of the Long Distance World Championship in 2003 in Ibiza and twice European long distance champion.
For his part, Eneko Llanos has just achieved for the second consecutive year the victory at the ICAN in Mallorca, a triumph to which this season adds those achieved in the Ironman Texas and the first edition of the ICAN Marbella, as well as the second place in the Triathlon from Zarauz.
Llanos (Vitoria-Gasteiz, 1976) has to his credit the 2003 Ibiza World Cup, three Xterra world titles (2003, 2004 and 2009), and a second place in the Hawaii Ironman in 2008, with two other editions in the who was placed in the top ten of the Kona test.