Patrick Lange and Javier Gomez tested their fitness on the weekend at a pair of half-marathon races in Berlin and Madrid.
April 9, 2019 | NEWS|
In addition to the big races in Oceanside and South Africa some of the biggest names in triathlon were testing themselves at some of the world's biggest marathon and half-marathon races. Javier Gomez and Patrick Lange tested themselves without having done a swim and bike before the a run, while Eva Wutti, who has ended her triathlon career and turned to running for the time being, tried her hand at the Vienna Marathon.
Two-time Ironman World Champion Patrick Lange returned from his new home in Austria to the German capital Berlin, where he started with just under 38,000 runners at the Berlin Half Marathon. He reached his goal of going under 70 minutes with a solid 1:09:37.
Lange said he found a good rhythm after "starting too fast," as he wrote on his Instagram profile. Although he had to "fight a bit" between the 15 and 19 kilometer point, he was able to pick up the pace at the end. Overall, he was very satisfied with his performance based on his current level of training in what was not only his first competition of the season, but his first race with new sponsor Adidas.
Gomez goes faster than Lange
Javier Gomez, also a strong runner, proved his form at the half marathon in Madrid. He clocked a 1:06 time for his half-marathon effort in the Spanish capital.
In Vienna, former professional triathlete Eva Wutti showed that her restructured training is paying off. She ran a 2:34:12 for a new personal-best marathon. Wutti has put her triathlon career on hold to try and qualify for the Olympic marathon.