Triathletes take over a hot Malaga city

Competitors pictured after completing the swimming section of the race.
Competitors pictured after completing the swimming section of the race. / FRANCIS SILVA
  • Mads Bang Jensen and Patricia Bueno won the Malaga Triathlon, part of the Santander Series which tests athletes of the highest ability

Malaga's coastal promenade was teeming with athletes by nine o'clock on Sunday morning as 190 participants prepared to take on the Malaga Triathlon, despite warm weather conditions on the day.

The first stop for the athletes was the waters of the Misericordia beach. The athletes had to swim 1.9 kilometres before taking on the cycling section, which consisted of 85 kilometres -three laps of a route from the coast to Puerto de la Torre. The final section of the race took the form of a 21-kilometre run.

Some competitors took on the whole race individually, while others divided the events between teams of two or three.

The race was led by Niki Wymmersch, who was pursued by Mads Bang Jensen (4h 16:24), who ultimately took advantage of a time penalty dished out to Wymmersch for his illegal crossover from bicycle to foot.

The fastest female athlete was Patricia Bueno, from Malaga, who recorded a time of four hours and 41 minutes. She has now won the competition for two consecutive years.

The three fastest finishers of the event won trophies and very modest cash prizes. The prizes were 150 euros for first, 100 euros for second and 50 euros for third in both the male and female categories.

In total, though, 70 athletes dropped out, having underestimated the magnitude of the course.

During the event there was also a focus on combatting ALS; participants could pay a donation to charity when registering or buy a charity headband.