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2-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Ous Mellouli, completed in his first ever triathlon over the weekend at ‘The Day at the Beach’ sprint triathlon in Hermosa Beach, California. Mellouli (a London Olympic Gold Medalist for Men’s Open Water and a Beijing Gold Medalist in Men’s 1,500 Meter) finished 12th overall and 3rd in the 25-29 Men’s Division with a time of 55:39 for the ¼ mile open-water swim, 10-mile bike ride, and 3-mile run.
It was Mellouli’s first time competing outside the water. “I’ve been doing some cross training this year to mixed up my routine at bit, so this was a perfect event to test my skills,” stated Mellouli. My run felt really strong and I’ve done very little biking, so I’m really happy with how the race went for me.”
The triathlete ‘newbie’ was first out of the water (this goes without saying) and 3rd after the bike leg, though he had some difficulty finding his transition area to change into running shoes. “I made a lot of mistakes in the transitions area. I couldn’t find my rack to replace my bike with my shoes, then I took my time washing my foot and tying my shoes,” mulled Mellouli. “This was a fun race for me and I learned a lot! Next time I’ll pay better attention to where my transition area is.”
Next up for Mellouli are the Doha and Dubai stops on the World Cup circuit, followed by a trip to the Tokyo World Cup.
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