Pontevedra prepares for Duathlon World Champs

By Erin Greene | 23 May, 2014

With just over a week until the 2014 Pontevedra ITU Duathlon World Championships, Pontevedra held the official presentation of this great event, which will bring together more than 1,400 athletes from more than thirty countries between 31st May and 1st June.

In attendance to the press conference was ITU President Marisol Casado; Pontevedra’s mayor, Miguel Fernández Anxo Lords; General Secretary for Sport, José Ramón Lete Lasa; Councillor for Sports, Agustín Fernández;  President of the Spanish Federation (FETRI), Jose Hidalgo and the President of the Galician Federation, Paco Villanueva.

Casado, thanked the mayor of Pontevedra for the “generosity that the city of Pontevedra always demonstrates to our sport” and noted the great moment that Spanish triathlon is enduring “both in terms of sporting results, as technical, organizational and managerial”.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Pontevedra referred to the economic impact these events have on the city and its neighboring municipalities: “All hotels in Pontevedra are full, as well as in the towns of Poyo and Sanxenxo. It is also quality tourism, with an average stay of five days, especially those who come from far away”.

He also highlighted the work of all those involved in the event, responsible for making it possible: “Workers of the IMD with the councilman at the helm, all municipal services as local police, civil defense, volunteers… Thanks to all of them this championship will have a successful organization”.

Miguel Fernández Lores Anxo ended his intervention by encouraging citizens to participate in the next World Duathlon Championships, saying, “Come watch the athletes during the races, and actively participating in side events like the farewell party and the Panorama orchestra”.

For his part, José Ramón Lete expressed confidence that “it will be the best World Championship ever held ” and referred to the spectacular moment of triathlon.

“In the Galician Sports Tecnficacion Center we have 23 athletes, eight in the tecnical group and another 15 in the brand new High Performance group, which are athletes like Fernando Alarza or Antonio Serrat”.

The president of the Spanish Triathlon Federation, José Hidalgo, emphasized the great success of the Spanish triathlon (referring to recent successes like those obtained last week in Yokohama) and recalled that “when we began to take the first steps in this project we set ourselves several goals: To achieve a record turnout, which has already been reached, and to make this is the World Championship for the athletes and we believe it will be so, due to all the detail that Pontevedra has brought in and that have not been seen anywhere else. So I am confident that this will be the best Duathlon World Championship event to be held so far”.

Meanwhile the Councillor for Sports of Pontevedra, reviewed the data surrounding this World Championship: “More than 1,400 athletes, 500 volunteers, the deployment of the Local Police, Civil Protection ... They are all necessary for this complex organization and take an important part in assuring it runs smoothly. We started several years ago with the European Cups, European Championships, Spanish Championships, and now the World Championship… I believe we can say that Pontevedra is amongst those European cities organizing high level events”.

Lastly, the president of the Galician Federation of Triathlon, Paco Villanueva, referred to the importance that these events have for the sport: “We use these Championships to continue to draw high-level athletes”.

So far this year the Federation has already met its objectives: “Increasing the number of licenses and qualifying athletes for the Olympic Youth Games to be held in August in China”.

Related Event: 2014 Pontevedra ITU Duathlon World Championships
31 - Jun, 2014 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Benoit Nicolas FRA 01:50:18
2. Etienne Diemunsch FRA 01:50:39
3. Emilio Martin ESP 01:50:57
4. Philip Wylie GBR 01:51:05
5. Alexis Rodriguez ESP 01:51:41
6. Rob Woestenborghs BEL 01:52:35
7. David Castro Fajardo ESP 01:53:06
8. Toumi Dahmani MAR 01:53:16
9. Raul Amatriain Arraiza ESP 01:53:20
10. Gustavo Rodriguez Iglesias ESP 01:53:31
Results: Elite Women
1. Sandra Levenez FRA 02:04:07
2. Gillian Backhouse AUS 02:05:26
3. Sabrina Monmarteau FRA 02:05:42
4. Franziska Scheffler GER 02:06:13
5. Petra Fasungova SVK 02:06:33
6. Miriam Casillas García ESP 02:06:50
7. Georgina Schwiening GBR 02:07:22
8. Sonia Bejarano ESP 02:07:34
9. Ana Filipa Santos POR 02:08:04
10. Yurie Kato JPN 02:08:27
Results: U23 Men
1. David Castro Fajardo ESP 01:53:06
2. Fabian Villanueva Moehl MEX 01:53:40
3. Alberto Della Pasqua ITA 01:53:44
4. Jose Luis Cordova MEX 01:53:50
5. João Francisco Ferreira POR 01:54:06
6. Pau Castellvell ESP 01:54:20
7. Ignacio Muller ARG 01:54:25
8. Rafael Antonio Rojas Cumare VEN 01:54:58
9. Andreas Theobald GER 01:55:03
10. Matt Brown AUS 01:55:16
Results: U23 Women
1. Gillian Backhouse AUS 02:05:26
2. Miriam Casillas García ESP 02:06:50
3. Georgina Schwiening GBR 02:07:22
4. Giorgia Priarone ITA 02:08:35
5. Jocelyn Daniely Brea Abreu ESP 02:08:54
6. Pien Keulstra NED 02:11:35
DNF. Mozhgan Kavyani IRI DNF
DNF. Yamaguchi Moyu JPN DNF
DNF. Zahra Bahramian IRI DNF
DNF. Haruna Kida JPN DNF
Results: Junior Men
1. Jacob Birtwhistle AUS 00:54:15
2. Antonio Serrat Seoane ESP 00:54:32
3. Gustav Iden NOR 00:54:36
4. Max Biewer LUX 00:54:53
5. Roberto Sanchez Mantecon ESP 00:55:20
6. Pierre Balty BEL 00:56:20
7. Richard Allen GBR 00:57:45
8. Igor Valente POR 00:57:51
9. David Luis POR 00:57:55
10. Yuuki Tsukano JPN 00:57:56
Results: Junior Women
1. Angelica Olmo ITA 01:03:38
2. Fumika Matsumoto JPN 01:04:00
3. Claudia Luna ESP 01:05:32
4. Bronwen Owen GBR 01:05:36
5. Madalena Amaral Almeida POR 01:05:58
6. Cecilia Santamaria Surroca ESP 01:06:08
7. Luisa Iogna-Prat ITA 01:06:11
8. Alexandra Santos POR 01:06:18
9. Ana Ramos POR 01:06:31
10. Ines Santiago Moron ESP 01:06:44
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