The 30 competing female athletes took the start only a couple of minutes after the Men’s race, and it was rather quickly that a small group of five athletes took the lead: Antoanela Manac (ROM), Xisca Tous (ESP), Itzel Arroyo (MEX), Zsanett Bragmayer (HUN) and Marta Kropko (HUN).
With a few seconds over the group of chasers, both Hungarians and the Spaniard entered the waters knowing that maintaining the positions in the swim will be decisive to be able to fight for the medals. And it was by the second buoy when Tous decided to push an extra gear and take control of the race, only joined by British Cloe Pollard, who had a magnificent swim.
They both got out of the water leading the field, with the Hungarians, Manac and Kseniia Levkovska (AZE) only a few seconds behind. But as soon as she got on her running shoes, Tous just went all for it, never looking back.
With the fastest split of the day, Tous crossed the finish line in the first place, with over 25 seconds with the silver medalist, Levkovska, while current World Champion, Manac, only managing to finish in the third place. The young Hungarian Kropko finished in the fourth place after a sprint in the blue carpet with Marharyta Krylova (UKR), with Pallard finishing in the sixth place.
“I think the heat made a difference here. In the first segment of the run I knew I had to stay a bit behind, to avoid getting in the water with such a contrast of temperatures. But in the swim I felt really well and since no one was willing to push, I just set up the pace as I wanted and kept it until we reached the shore. And then in the last 2.5km I just gave everything I had. I knew I had some fast girls behind me, so I just never looked back until I crossed the finish line”, said Tous after crossing the finish line
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