The men's competition was very even, while the women put on a show
The Anfi Challenge Mogán Gran Canaria it was a heart-stopping sporting spectacle. The elite of the international triathlon broke all the pools in a battle between international triathletes that has filled Anfi del Mar with the emotion of the sport. The German Mika Noodt, 21, gave the surprise with a solid victory from the first minutes, while in the girls, the Spanish Sara Pérez Sala became champion with a well-deserved victory after a career duel with the British Lucy Hall.
Mika Noodt made the jump to the head of the competition from the first minutes, overtaking established favorites in an epic race that was very close until the end. The German triathlete stopped the stopwatch in 3 hours 43 minutes and 36 seconds, proving to be the fastest and most solid in the test. He was placed at the head of the pack on the bike course and he had no rival. Noodt was very "excited" for the title, since this is one of the first tests of this distance in which he participates.
"I felt very comfortable when I came into transition in a good position," he explained. "I just had to keep up, focus on not risking to avoid accidents and be solid and stable mentally", said. The German's bike was a show of speed and technique. Competing in this destination "is a privilege" and Anfi del Mar "reminds me a lot of Hawaii."
He was accompanied on the podium by two triathlon greats, the French champion Clement Mignon in second position and the Swiss Olympian Andrea Salvisberg, always closely following the leader and adjusting times that could change at any time during the event.
The race was followed by the public of Anfi del Mar and via streaming, in an epic final between great rivals. The British Jonathan Brownlee has been in ninth position with a time of 3 hours, 57 minutes and 39 seconds.
The battle was repeated in the female category, in a face to face between Spanish Sara Pérez Sala and the British Lucy Hall, which was not decided until the end. Hall led the swim and they went to the bike in a duel to two. Everything remained in the race, 21 decisive kilometers to the title. It was at this moment that Sara Pérez Sala has been able to display all her level, placing first with an advantage and entering the solid and comfortable goal.
As she celebrated on her arrival, this is a victory that "I did not expect at all, Lucy Hall has been a great rival" that has helped her "give all of me." when they came to race
«I said to myself, now we have to give everything» and even suffering a few laps, he managed to comfortably take the title. Sara Pérez Sala, ambassador of Anfi, was at all times crushed by an audience that admires her, which has been that push she needed to return to Anfi Challenge Mogán Gran Canaria one more year and this time with a well-deserved victory in 4 hours 10 minutes and 38 seconds.
The Dutch athlete closed the podium in second position
Elss Visser, in the lead throughout the test, along with the British
Lucy Hallwho suffered in a foot race that took her to third position.