Held in February, the Pan-American Cup Triathlon and the Ibero-American Triathlon Championship, Havana-2016, demonstrated that Cuba is an ideal venue for a sport that is becoming ever more popular around the world.
This was the second time that the island hosted the tournaments. This time around, 409 athletes from 29 countries competed to add points to their rankings for qualification for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The athletes competed in the following categories: sprint –elite category (0.75 kilometers for swimming, 10 for cycling and 5 for running) - and middle distance triathlon (1, 9/90/21).
Among the most prestigious competitors were Colombian Carlos Quinchara, Argentinean Romina Palacio and Spanish Gustavo Rodríguez.
Quinchara performed excellently, winning the sprint modality with a time of 54:40, closely followed by Ecuadorian Juan José Andrade (55:09) and Venezuelan Luis Miguel Velásquez (55:44), the silver and bronze medalists, respectively.
In exclusive remarks for The Havana Reporter, the Colombian athlete said “the results were satisfactory; my body responded well while swimming; I improved during the cycling phase and knew how to keep a good pace during the race.”
For the women, Camila Alonso of Spain won the gold in a time of 1:01.40 hours, ahead of Canadian Alexandra Coates (1:01.42) and U.S. Taylor Spivey (1:01.49), while Argentinean Romina Palacio came fourth (1:02.05).
“It makes me very happy to compete here in Cuba; the circuit is very good, it allowed me to put into practice the tactics we had conceived.
I focused on accomplishing my strategy,” Alonso told The Havana Reporter.
The elite sprint category took place at the Ernest Hemingway International Nautical Club, while the middle distance triathlon started there and finished at the Flag Plaza near the U.S. embassy in Havana.
Spaniard Gustavo Rodríguez, 36, won the middle distance triathlon competition with an extraordinary performance in the running circuit.
“I felt very good, mainly during the swimming and running circuits, though it was not the same during the bike ride because the wind was blowing hard and in the opposite direction. I hope to return in 2017, because I liked the competition a lot and the circuit in general is very beautiful,” Rodríguez told THR shortly after crossing the finishing line.
The Spanish athlete won the gold in a record time of 4:05.05 hours, (the previous record had been set by Spanish Marcel Zamora with 4:20.56).
The silver and bronze medals were for Italian Alberto Casadei (4:12.42) and Czech Petr Vabrousek (4:34.47), respectively, while Cuban Carlos Rodríguez finished fourth (4:42:26).
Cuba will host the event until 2018, as agreed in a contract with the International Triathlon Union. Havana will also serve as venue for one of the world circuit events in 2019.Share on FB Share on TT