The junior and current champion of Open Water Town Hall Cup, Federico Bini, and the world champion in the distances of 800 meters and 3 kilometers plus European 3 and 5 kilometer master champion, Rebeca Santos, were proclaimed Sunday winners of the XXVI Crossing to Swim El Río who was present at all times to the figure of the young swimmer Alejandro Candela, sadly disappeared this year.
The acts of homage to what was outlined as an excellent promise of Lanzarote swimming began yesterday Saturday when a fortnight of relievers covered in his memory the traditional route of the Crossing, from the beach Bajo El Risco (Lanzarote) to Caleta de Sebo (La Graciosa), and continued today when before the start of the test the participants and fans dedicated an emotional minute of applause to Alejandro in the presence of his mother and other relatives, who had previously been given a bouquet of flowers and other gifts in his memory, also between a prolonged ovation of those present.
Only five dropouts
At that time the 607 swimmers who took the exit of the Crossing – which only had five dropouts – already knew the decision adopted at the request of the Safety Board by the Cabildo of Lanzarote, as organizer of the event through the Insular Sports Service, to change the route of the event in the adverse conditions of the sea in the vicinity of Bajo El Risco beach.
The new route set the launching ramp of the Caleta de Sebo dock as the starting point, from where the participants traveled approximately 1.2 kilometers until they reached buoy number 7, which in the form of a cube reminded Alejandro of four large photographs of himself. Once this buoy was over, the swimmers had to take course to the beach of Caleta de Sebo, where the goal was located and after covering 2.6 kilometers in total, traditional distance of the Crossing.
In a tight final, the Lanzarote Federico Bini (CN Nadamás) used 35 minutes and 59 seconds to travel that distance, only two seconds less than second placed Javier Betancort (CN Nadamás) and three less than Óscar Martín (CN Nonadamos), who He took third place on the podium. On the other hand, Toledo Rebeca Santos (CN Master Torrijos) invested 37 minutes and 44 seconds in completing the course. Sara González (CN Nadamás), current champion of the Copa Cabildo of Lanzarote of Aguas Abiertas, was second with a time of 40 minutes and six seconds, and Mar Peña (CN Las Palmas) occupied the third place with 42 minutes and 29 seconds.
Among the participants, the presence of the Lanzarote Paralympic in the triathlon modality at the Games of Rio de Janeiro 2016, Lionel Morales, who won the adapted S7 category; while Dani Müller and José Afonso were imposed in the adapted categories S6 and S9, respectively. The rest of the winners of the different categories can be consulted through the link goo.gl/pA8rrA.
Another participant in the Crossing was the president of the Cabildo de Lanzarote, Pedro San Ginés, who was also one of the 15 relievers who paid tribute to Alejandro Candela on Saturday, along with relatives, relatives, representatives of the CN Nadamás to which the young swimmer belonged, and members of the Canary Federation of Swimming, among others. San Ginés presided over the delivery of trophies accompanied by the insular advisor of Sports Lorenzo Reyes; the mayoress of La Graciosa, Alicia Páez; and Sports Councilor of Teguise, Sergio Niz; and representatives of sponsors and collaborators in the organization of the event.
The Cabildo of Lanzarote thanks the City of Teguise, Gatorade, Sands Beach, Deportclinic, Maritime Lines Romero and tourism Lanzarote, the sponsorship of this test; as well as Real Club Victoria, Cashfruta, Simply, Top Time, Distag Canarias, Physiorelax and El Veril, their collaboration in the organization of the same.
He also thanks the security and emergency officers of the island and Government of the Canary Islands, to the security forces of the State and to the dozens of volunteers their excellent work, and to the funny society the warmth and affection with which one more year they have welcomed this event.