As if there isn’t enough drama already at the extreme, off road triathlon race held annually in Hawaii’s paradise island of Maui, a tsunami alert was issued for all the Hawaiian islands late on Saturday night keeping athletes and organisers tuned to local radios. By Sunday morning the alert had been cancelled and the 2012 XTERRA World Championships could go ahead with only an increased swell and rougher seas to show for the adverse weather.
First out of the water after the 1.5 kilometre swim and an incredible whole minute ahead of the rest of the field, was Spain’s Javier Gomez Noya, the two times ITU triathlon world champ and 2012 Olympian silver medallist who was facing his inaugural Xterra World Championship. Gomez went on the win the competition in an overall time of 2hrs 26mins 50secs. Finishing second to Gomez was USA Xterra Champion Josiah Middaugh in 2hrs 27mins 40secs and third placed was South Africa’s Conrad Stoltz in a time of 2hrs 30mins 04secs.
Also facing his first Xterra World Championship, Sands Beach Active sponsored athlete Victor Del Corral romped home in fifth place with an overall time of 2hrs 30mins 24secs, just four seconds behind fellow first timer, Leonardo Chacon from Costa Rica. An incredible performance from Victor, winner of Ironman Lanzarote 2012.
For the women, Scottish born Lesley Paterson notched up her second Xterra World Championship win, knocking nearly two minutes off her winning time last year with an overall finish in 2hrs 44mins 11secs and over four minutes ahead of her closest competitor, the Chilean Barbara Riveros who finished in second place with a time of 2hrs 48mins 18secs. Third fastest overall time was Marie Rabie from South Africa with 2hrs 53mins 55secs.
Well done, Victor Del Corral, we look forward to seeing you back at Sands Beach Resort for some well earned rest and relaxation to accompany your training regime 🙂