The 2011 Garmin Barcelona Triathlon has set new records. Whilst weeks ago we announced the highest number of participants in the history of the event, now the big number of spectators – 36,000 fans came to the Catalan capital to support the triathletes – is another proof of success of the competition.
There is nothing better than coming to Barcelona for the first time in your life and winning the Triathlon. This is how Joao Silva sees his victory at the Garmin Barcelona Triathlon. Accompanied by his “friends” – the way he describes his rivals –, he clocked 1:45:43 to win the event in the male category.
“It was a beautiful race. I really enjoyed competing here”, said the Portuguese triathlete after crossing the finish line. Silva left two big contenders behind; Mario Mola, 2009 world junior champion, and Fernando Alarza, world junior champ in 2010.
Despite the change in the swimming event – the location of the start had to be changed due to a swell of waves at Mar Bella in the morning, and the race circuit was shortened to 1,000m – Silva won the Garmin Barcelona Triathlon. He took the lead at the running event after a close swimming and cycling competition.
Silva faced fierce competition with Alarza (1:45.48), who finished the Triathlon only five seconds behind the Portuguese. Mola completed the podium, while Francesc Godoy (1:47.26) came in fourth and Albert Parreño (1:47.26) finished fifth.
The female category of the Garmin Barcelona Triathlon 2011 offered a fierce competition between the three hot favorites – Ainhoa Murua, Nicola Spirig and Jodie Stimpson. Yet, after the second transition, it was obvious that the three athletes would make it onto the podium. Winner Murua said after the race that it was a “top podium and a tough competition”.
Nicola Spirig from Switzerland started off fast at the swimming event but Murua, who looks back on a brilliant season, took over the lead in the cycling event to finally cross the finish line first after a great running performance. Spirig finished second followed by Briton Stimpson.
Murua, who qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, clocked 1:51.54, followed by Spirig (1:53.54) and the winner of the previous two editions of the Barcelona Triathlon, Stimpson, who completed the podium with a 1:54.58 performance.
Catalan triathlete Anna Godoy (1:58.05) finished fourth while Ricarda Lisk (2:00.51) completed the top 5.