Hometown hero and Argentina triathlon legend Oscar Galíndez won the inaugural XTERRA Argentina Championship race this past weekend in Cordoba, Argentina. It wasn’t easy for Galíndez to get the win. Before the race the zipper on his wetsuit broke and he was unable to get it fixed, another triathlete gave Galíndez his wetsuit. He later stated that the borrowed wetsuit might have helped him win the race. It was a battle to the finish for 2nd place on the men’s side with Maximiliano Morales edging out Gonzálo Tellechea by nine seconds. On the women’s side, Argentina native María Soledad Omar wins. This is the first race in the 2007 XTERRA Global Tour and the first XTERRA race for Argentina. The triathlon consisted of a 1.5 km swim, a 30 km moutain bike and a 10 km trail run.
American standout Cameron Widoff started the race but was unable to finish. Candy Angle, the 2002 XTERRA World Champion, was scheduled to race in Argentina but was unable to make it there due to flight issues related to the winter snow storms on the East Coast.
XTERRA Argentina Championship Results:
1 - Oscar Galíndez - 2:27:53
2 - Maximiliano Morales - 2:30:15
3 - Gonzalo Raul Tellechea - 2:30:24
1 - María Soledad Omar - 3:33:08
2 - Magdalena Nieto - 3:35:39
3 - María Gisela Cocha - 3:49:01