Havana Triathlon, from the Marina Hemingway to the Hotel Nacional

Havana Triathlon, from the Marina Hemingway to the Hotel Nacional

HAVANA, February 25  The eighth edition of the Havana Triathlon will take place this Sunday, starting at the Marina Hemingway and finishing at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba,contest that will feature the presence of around 300 competitors from 16 countries.

Among the participating Cubans, the main Cuban figures stand out, Leslie Amat and Alejandro Rodríguez, who appear in positions 23 and 58 in the ranking of America (RA), in that order.

Also standing out for the largest island in the Antilles are Niuska Figueredo, Isabel Rodríguez, Jorge Emmanuel Alemañez and Marcos Fernández.

Once again, the Olympic modality will be competed, with 1,500 meters of swimming, 40 kilometers (km) of cycling and 10 km of running, and in the sprint, with 750 meters of swimming, 20 km of cycling and five km of running.

In addition to the Cuban teams, those from Poland, Slovakia, Japan, Canada, Türkiye, Togo, Argentina, Ireland, Ukraine, the United States, Germany and Mexico will be in action, it was learned.

Among those registered by the visitors, the champion of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, the American Gwen Jorgensen, and the Argentine Romina Biagioli, 16th place in the RA and participant in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, stand out after receiving a wild card.

This Saturday at the presentation of this eighth version, the Spanish Marisol Casado, president of World Triathlon, received a tribute for her support to Cuba for the development of the annual event in Havana.

The plaque received by Marisol was presented at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba by Alejandro Puerto, head and commissioner of the Cuban Triathlon Federation.

The member of the International Olympic Committee and former triathlons thanked the gesture and excitedly spoke about the progress of the competition, and recalled when her countryman, José Carrasco, presented the project to her, which had special support from the then head of the Cuban Olympic Committee, José Ramón Fernández.

Likewise, he predicted the success of the event that will begin at seven in the morning with the swimming test in the swimming channels of the Hemingway Marina, which will be followed by the cycling test along Fifth Avenue and the pedestrian race along a stretch of the iconic Havana boardwalk to the Hotel Nacional de Cuba.