Virginia Berasategui and Eneko Llanos They are the only Spaniards classified for the Hawaiian Ironman one week after the closing of the first cut of professional triathletes classified for this test belonging to the World Distance Championship to be held on October 8.
The Bilbao woman achieved her classification after finishing tenth in the Ironman European Championship, in Frankfurt, held on Sunday 25, which allowed her to rise to 17th place and thus guarantee her participation in Hawaii.
Virginia Berasategui will thus have two and a half months to thoroughly prepare for the tough test in Kona, where she will participate for the seventh time after fourth place achieved in 2010.
After a difficult year in terms of injuries and physical problems, he arrived with few guarantees of success at the Frankfurt event. In fact, she faced the test very "touched" as a result of the fatigue dragged in Austria, where she was evacuated by ambulance at kilometer 24 of the foot race. However, he knew how to suffer and finish his goal successfully.
As for Eneko Llanos, his career has been different. The man from Vitoria took third place on the list for the Hawaii Ironman thanks to his seventh place in Kona 2010 and his victory last May at the Texas Ironman, where he achieved the highest score with 4.000 points.
Thus, the triathlete from Vitoria has spent two months thoroughly preparing Hawaii, where he was second in 2008. Llanos, who will face the Half ICAN in Mallorca on September 17, as a preliminary test, has recovered his pedal stroke and is confident in be able to improve the seventh place achieved last year in Kona.