The thirteenth edition of the Ocean Lava Lanzarote once again left the best triathlon on the Lanzarote coast of Puerto del Carmen with an unparalleled atmosphere that was noticeable from the days before the test, with competitors, companions and fans coming to the surroundings of the main hub to begin getting mentally focused on the different categories, which started on the 21 October.
The winner of the last two IRONMAN Lanzarote, the British Lydia Dant, won gold in the Half Distance along with the Majorero César Vera, after conquering the 1,900m swimming, 90km cycling and 20km on foot. While Carolina Nowak and Jorge Wilkes did the same in the Olympic circuit after 1,500m swimming, 40km cycling and 10km on foot; in addition to Elizabeth Svyeshnikova and Juan Daniel González, with golds in the women’s and men’s races in a dizzying Supersprint of 400m swimming, 11km cycling and 2.5km on foot.
With almost 600 registered participants and more than 25 nationalities represented, the XIII Ocean Lava Lanzarote was once again the talk of the town. And the fact is that the 22ºC in the middle of October and a water temperature of around 20ºC once again served as an idyllic environment to keep the highest level of competition for professionals, as well as amateur preparation, throughout the year.
Indeed, the Ocean Lava Lanzarote demonstrated once again the reasons why it is a sporting event of international reference, with the ability to bring together world-renowned athletes with amateur and local competitors who leave memories with the iconic Lanzarote landscape as a backdrop that still captures attention and interest from all over the world.
So, in addition to the presence of prominent locals such as Nicholas Ward, Esther Hernández, Orlando Delgado, César Vera, Ana Belén Sendín, among many others, there were also renowned names such as Lydia Dant and Iván Raña and stories to remember such as the silver obtained in Medium Distance by Zaira Lorenzo in her return to competition after a long recovery from a broken kneecap or the participation of Joan Munar, Olympic paratriathlete and World Champion.
The endorsement of the quality of this sporting event passes through the presence of the most demanding athletes who each year come to the Ocean Lava Lanzarote, an island where Lydia Dant has made her fortress and she has not hesitated to devote some splendid statements in many international media outlets; As well as a world leader like Ivan Raña, who does not miss a visit to Lanzarote, returning several times a year in what is already his home, which is why, shortly after crossing the finish line of the Ocean Lava Lanzarote he declared that “I had a great time, I am satisfied especially because a Medium Distance is something serious and because I always have fun in Lanzarote”.
Big words that lead world class athletes whose track record speaks for itself and that serve to place the Ocean Lava Lanzarote as an important date for triathlon lovers.