The Gijón swimmer of the Covadonga GroupAna Villanuevasuccessfully completed theAcapulco Challenge,22-kilometer test that runs partly through Acapulco Bay and partly in the open sea. The Gijonesa finished in third position of the female general with a time of 7 hours, 11 minutes and 52 seconds being also the first Spanish swimmer who manages to complete this test.
The race started at dawn so much of it went at night which made it difficult. That and the strong reigning currents. The Acapulco Challenge is one of the queen tests of open water swimmingand it is known as the anteroom for the Triple Crown, the three most important tests in the world in this modality (La Mancha Channel, Santa Catalina Crossing and Manhattan Island Marathon Swim). Two of the participants already have this Triple Crown to their credit as the winner in the Mariel Hawley women's category that only took Ana Villanueva for a minute. This test does not award trophies but a diploma of recognition for those who finish each of the three distances, 6, 11 and 22 kilometers. The success achieved by this water slot makes him consider the next challenge for the year 2020, the crossing of Santa Catalina, proof that it is already part of the Triple Crown.
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