Veracruz, Mexico: 27 August, 2005: In an event that featured a large field
of over 2,000 competitors, the home-country favourites Esther Aquayo and Jose
Luis Zepeda outstripped the field and took top honours in one of Mexico’s favourite
resorts - Veracruz.
Susana Villasenor of Mexico and Karen Smith of the USA stayed with Aquayo throughout the swim and bike section, but were not able to stay the pace on the run. Aquayo finish a mere 11 seconds ahead of Villasenor, with Smith falling back during the run another 1:17.
In the men’s event Jose Luis Zepeda and Esteban Rosas exited the swim together and then road away from the field. Zepeda, who outran Rosas by 45 seconds on the final 10km, finished in 1:53: 30. Eligio Cervantes, Mexico’s Athens Olympian finished 3rd. Following a slow swim, Cervantes road and ran through the field to capture the final step on the podium. Click here for complete results.
Photos top left to right: Esther Aquayo wins the women’s and Jose Luis Zepeda
wins the men’s Veracruz ITU Pan American Cup Triathlon
Photos bottom left to right: Women’s podium: Karen Smith (USA), Susanna Villasenor (MEX), Esther Aquayo (MEX). Men’s podium: Esteban Rosas (MEX), Jose Luis Zepeda (MEX), Eligio Cervantes (MEX).
|Results: Elite Women|
|3.||Karen Melliar Smith||USA||02:13:34|
|5.||Dunia Gomez Tirado||MEX||02:15:14|