On Thursday, 2nd May the Aquatlón World Championship will take place. Spaniards Iría Rodríguez and Kevin Tarek Viñuela, who got a brilliant eighth place in the Triathlon Cross World Championship on Tuesday 30th April, appeared at a press conference with Belgian Emmanuel Lejeune, current World Champion, and Martta Kytomaki from Australia.
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Lejeune feels “some pressure to revalidate the title” and intends to “run as hard as he can in both segments” and thinking only “to give the best of myself, especially on the run.” Kevin Tarek Viñuela, after a great performance in the Cross Triathlon World Champs in which he was second Spanish after Rubén Ruzafa, is “with great desire and enthusiasm.” He came from the Quarteira European Cup, in which he came seventh, and after the Cross Triathlon Worlds he hopes to “swim as hard as possible and not suffer from the accumulated fatigue in previous competitions.” For this, he counts on “the support of the public of Pontevedra that surrounds the athletes”.
Martta Kytomaki, ranked 18th in the last Aquathlon World Champs, feels “very excited to be in Pontevedra and to compete for the first time in Spain.” She claims to have learned “many things in the World Champs event last year” and hopes to “do a good job”. Iría Rodríguez has moved to the elite category as Under 23 and affirmed that “I wanted to jump up to U23 and leave the junior category to compete with older people with more experience.” She will be competing at home and feels “some pressure to get a good result”, but above all because she does not come to the race “at the level she would like.” Still, she will try to “be in the lead positions”.
Emmanuel Lejeune, when asked about his rivals, said that he does not want to look at other athletes, just “be concentrated on himself and the run,” his best part, “and on the other athletes who I can run with.” For Kevin Tarek Viñuela, who stands out especially in swimming, “all options are open. In cross triathlon, the triathletes of Olympic distance do not usually stand out, especially on the bike, but in the aquathlon a better result can be achieved.” Pointing to other leading athletes: “the Polianski brothers, who a few years ago were in Madrid with the Brownlees and beat Javi Gómez Noya, which gives an idea of their top world class level.” He also mentioned “Ander Noaín who swims very well and will come out in front, Andrés Cendán, who is very motivated, and in general all the countries have high level athletes who could be at the head of the race.”
In the woman’s race, Marta Kytomaki did not mention the rest of the start list, pointing out that “all athletes are going to try to do their best”. Her particular goal “is to achieve a place for the next Beach Games in San Diego.” Spanish Iria Rodríguez, does not want to “think too much about rivals” and wants to “be focused on the competition, doing the best swim and run possible and showing the training from over the last weeks and months.”