Goodwin and Corachan Set the Rules in the Half Distance of Triathlon Vitoria-Gastiez
Scotsman George Goodwin has shown himself to be unbeatable in the HALF modality of the Triathlon Vitoria-Gasteiz, winning with a spectacular time of 3:53:18. The British triathlete was followed on the podium by second place Majorcan Miguel Ángel Fidalgo(4:02:29) and the Catalan Erik Merino (4:06:57).
The 21 year old Scot has gained the most important victory of his short career today in the Triathlon Vitoria-Gasteiz. On crossing the finish line, Goodwin shared the good feeling that has accompanied him right from the start in a good swimming leg. “After that, I pushed hard in the cycling leg, and then in the running leg I used my head, controlling the differences”.
Second place Majorcan Miguel Ángel Fidalgo, admitted that he hadn’t had his best day in today’s event, “but at the pace that Goodwin was setting, victory was going to be very costly”. Erik Merino, however, was delighted with his place on the podium, “last year I came fourth, and to improve with a podium position is reason to be very happy”.
In the female category, Catalan Judith Corachan has reinforced her triumph from the 2017 edition, thanks to a time of 4:23:53. Crossing the line in first place she was unable to control the tears, commenting that it’s impossible not to be moved in Vitoria, “it’s a very special place because the experience here is a huge thing”. The Catalan triathlete focussed her success in today’s race on her performance in the cycling leg, “I know it’s my strongest leg and I tried to gain an advantage in order to be a little more comfortable in the running leg.
Helene Alberdi from Guipuzcoa, and the Canadian Sarah Kim Bonner completed the podium in the female category. The triathlete from Zumaia made a spectacular recovery to finish in second place, crossing the finish line exhausted, with a time of 4:31:48. Alberdi wanted to thank the numerous spectators for their support in the streets of Vitoria, “in those moments when I needed strength, the spectators were there to spur me on and keep me going”. Sarah Kim Bonner, with a time of 4:33:46, has obtained the first podium of her professional career in today’s Triathlon de Vitoria-Gasteiz, “that’s why this third place tastes so sweet”.
The HALF distance of the Triathlon de Vitoria-Gasteiz 2018 has been an all-round event of an extremely high level, in which all the participants have given everything to achieve their aims in the Alava capital.
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