Cuba attracts international crowd with triathlon

by Erin Greene on 20 Jan, 2015 09:39 • Español

Cuba will this weekend see the 2015 CAMTRI American Cup and Iberoamerican Championships contested in Habana, offering sprint, middle and long distances races for both elite and age group athletes from January 24-25.

While Cuba organized an international triathlon that was sanctioned by ITU in 2006, this race marks the first time American triathletes will compete in the country. Open to athletes of all National Federations, not only Iberoamerican countries, a total of 17 elite and age group athletes from the United States have been cleared to travel to the event making the US team the second largest in attendance.

The athletes will join a short list of less than 250 Americans that have competed in athletic competitions in Cuba since 2007, according to an article from USA Today.

Although Cuba has a team of elite athletes that compete in ITU races, this weekend’s international will serve to boost the sport of triathlon amongst the Cuban population.

“We know hosting international races is an important and effective development tool for the sport, which is the main goal here,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “This is a great project, a project of cooperation that is bringing so many different people together. I’m very happy ITU is also involved in supporting the race.”

The triathlon has attracted participation from 25 countries, with Mexico boasting the largest team with more than 100 athletes slated to toe the start line. The races have been organized with cooperation from the Cuban National Federation, ITU, the American Triathlon Confederation (CAMTRI) and its member National Federations.

“It was always clear we wanted to support this event,” said Spanish Federation President José Hidalgo at a press conference announcing the race last year. “We have learned a lot in this cooperation, as countries like Italy and Spain have been working with Cuba to organize the race, and how sport can bring cultures together.”

“Sport is about much more than just competing. It has the ability to transcend prejudice, to move people and build relationships in a pacifistic manner,” said Spanish Director General of Sports Ana Muñoz at the press conference.

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Related Event: 2015 Habana CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup and Iberoamerican Championships
24 Jan, 2015 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Rodrigo Gonzalez MEX 00:57:48
2. Daniel Hofer ITA 00:58:21
3. Bryan Keane IRL 00:58:25
4. Michel Gonzalez Castro CUB 00:58:57
5. David Castro Fajardo ESP 00:59:29
Results: Elite Women
1. Renee Tomlin USA 01:04:22
2. Kirsten Kasper USA 01:04:34
3. Tamara Gomez Garrido ESP 01:04:53
4. Miriam Casillas García ESP 01:05:43
5. Melanie Santos POR 01:06:12
Results: Men's AG
1. Eddy Santiesteban Torres CUB 01:04:37
2. Jennifer Cobas Martínez CUB 01:06:46
3. Raidel Martínez Reyes CUB 01:08:07
4. Alejandro Martin Dunn CUB 01:09:11
5. Adriano Chanquet Arrezteguia CUB 01:11:15
Results: Women's AG
1. Jessica Lynn USA 01:15:01
2. Arianne Andres Gonzalez CUB 01:20:08
3. Greisy Matos Hernández CUB 01:21:37
4. Flor Maria Gutierrez Reina CUB 01:22:34
5. Maria Granda González CUB 01:23:34
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