What a season for Fernando Alarza! The member of BH Team was the runner-up at the U23 World Triathlon Grand Final held in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday. He finished in 1 hour, 57 minutes and 20 seconds.
The Toledo-born triathlete did a great job, as he usually does, finishing within the top spots in all three sections and being very close to winning a spectacular duel with rival Aaron Royle in the final metres. But the man from Australia powered away from Alarza to finish just 3 seconds ahead of him.
Alarza was strong early in the race. He finished 8th in the swim, behind Henri Schoeman, Joshua Amberger and Aaron Royle. The first lap of the bike segment saw a leading group of 20 triathletes, but they dwindled to 10 men including the triathlete of BH Team. The group increased their lead on the chase pack to up to 2 minutes in the final lap.
The race was decided in the run, where six men fought for the title. Alarza and Royle were the strongest. However, with 200 metres to go, the Australian athlete outsprinted the Spaniard, while Great Britain’s Thomas Bishop claimed bronze medal.
‘It’s been a great day today. I’m so happy. A great way to crown a fantastic season. Thank you all for your support, and thanks to my family and friends. I wouldn’t have made it without their love and support. Thank you!,’ the man of BH Team posted on Twitter. Congratulations!
U23 Men’s results:
1. Aaron Royle (AUS) 01:57:17
2. Fernando Alarza (ESP) 01:57:20
3. Thomas Bishop (GBR) 01:57:21
4. Pierre Le Corre (FRA) 01:57:29
5. Ryan Fisher (AUS) 01:57:51
Mario Mola, 24th; João Silva, 21st
Mario Mola finished 24th this past Sunday at the Elite Men’s race, which led him to the top-20 in the World Series final rankings, with 1,852 points. As to João Silva, he was 21st, scoring a time of 02:04:31, landing 9th in the final rankings, with 2,682 points.