Francisco Rodriguez from Córdoba, European Triathlon Champion is 81 years old

A landmark in the heyday of very few people in the world and even more so in his time. The desire to live and practice your own Hobby They have to overcome many things, and the same thing happened with the Cordovan trio who was crowned best in class in a continental event. Francisco Rodriguez of Cordoba climbed to the top of the podium in his class (80-84 years old) at the European Triathlon Championships that took place on Sunday in Madrid. At 81 years old, Rodriguez stopped the clock at 1 hour 37 minutes 31 seconds, more than four minutes ahead of his direct rival, Italian Gerardo Mercante, the current world champion in this discipline.

And it so happened that in this championship the 750m swimming course was wiped out due to the pollution of the Casa de Campo lagoon. This segment has been replaced by 2.5 kilometers. However, this was not a deciding factor for the man from Córdoba who managed to come to the finish line in first place after a cycling section where he managed to get up to five minutes to pick up the pace in the last five kilometers of the race. By foot. And it is that Francisco Rodriguez also left Britain’s Peter Lowe, his country’s champion, a step lower than the podium.

After finishing winning in the cycling section, the Cordoba athlete comfortably reached the finish line next to the Royal Palace in the capital, Madrid, and won the European Championship. Dominated by the British professionals, five of the top seven were from the UK, while the Italians and Spaniards filled the top spots on the podium. This is proof that with desire and effort you can achieve more things than you think, and Francisco Rodriguez has captured his true level, being crowned European champion in triathlon.

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