It is impossible not to be confused by the arrival of the relay event of the World University Triathlon Championships, which took place this Saturday 10th in Praia de Pajuchara, Maceio. After a tense and hotly contested race, the Brazilian team of Antonio Bravo, Luma Guillen, João Teixeira and Giovanna Lacerda finished second in 1:18:54 to secure the silver medal.
The winner was the team whose four athletes were the first to complete the distances: 250m swimming, 5km cycling and 1800m running, one after the other. The Brazilian team started first on Friday 9th with Antonio Bravo, the men’s individual champion, Giovana Lacerda competed last for Brazil and started the cycling route in 6th place. The athlete recovered some positions on the course and started the race from 4th.
What not everyone expected was that Giovanna would be better at racing, relentlessly chasing first place. In a few meters of the course, she overtook the Swiss Leana Bisig and defended the 2nd place until the finish line. Shocked by the Brazilian fans in attendance, Giovanna guaranteed Brazil the silver medal. Germany won the gold and Switzerland the bronze.
“I just did the job I had to do, I pushed until I did it, I gave everything in this race, even more with the Brazilian fans, everyone was sending energy, screaming, cheering, I couldn’t do anything wrong : it’s true, I still tried to get the first one, if it was a little more, it would surprise you, it’s a historic day, it will be marked forever,” emphasizes Giovanna.
Virgilio de Castillo, Director General of the Brazilian Triathlon Confederation (CBTri), is celebrating the World University Championships and also the Brazilian Sprint Championships on Sunday 11 September.
“It’s a pleasure, a great honor, even more so in a place like Maceió.”
He also looks back on the journey so far.
“In 2014, we held the University World Cup in Brazil and today, after 8 years, we were able to bring it back to Brazil, and this is very important for the sport, in addition to the fact that we praise more and more the work that we develop are”: he concludes..
The competition is organized by the Brazilian University Sports Confederation (CBDU) and the International University Sports Federation (FISU) with the support of Maceió City Hall and CBTri.