Tomorrow the 2019 Pontevedra ITU Multisport World Championships starts with the Duatlón World Champs and the participation of more than 1,200 athletes. The day opens with the Sprint Duathlon for Age Groups at 8am, and continues at 11:30am with the start of the men’s elite race and at 3:30pm the women’s. The last championship race starts at 4:00pm: the Standard Duathlon.
In the elite race, both the men and the women will have a fierce fight between French, Spanish and Belgian triathletes, the three most competitive teams, although the competition is very wide with a large number of duathletes. Even a large number of athletes representing Kenya will try to fight for the top positions.
Emilio Martín, two-time champion of the duathlon world champs: “My goal is to repeat my 2014 podium here in Pontevedra, I’m going for everything, I’d like to fight for gold. My training indicates that I’m in good shape for the race. I am ambitious, in the end the race will put me in my place. Competing at home carries more pressure, but it is lightened by the public’s mood -it helps me- and it certainly is an advantage over my rivals. Here in Pontevedra and throughout Galicia there is a huge love for this sport, the public goes crazy and I am sure that the organisation will be great, since almost no country in the world reaches the quality of events that are done in Spain, we organise the best international competitions. The atmosphere will be incredible”
Irene Loizate, current Duathlon Champion of Spain and Bronze in Europe: “I come in good shape, I will try to do it as best I can. I will try to fight for the podium, although I know it will be difficult. The six lap bike course has some technical areas, I think that benefits me a bit, especially if there are no large groups. Illes and Levenez are the main favourites. Also, the weather will improve, so with dry asphalt, we can go faster safely.”