Yesterday in Soria, the Vic, Barcelona born Rafa Botello won the PT1-M class at the Campeonato de España de Paraduatlón with a time of 1:19:41., about 7 and a half minutes faster than second place finisher Daniel Abenza Nieto who had a time of 1:27:09.
It was the second time Botello had competed in the event. The competition started with a 5 kilometer athletics race that involved 2 loops around the course. It was followed by a 20 kilometer cycling race, featuring 4 laps around the course. The cyclists were fast, averaging 22 kilometers an hour on the flats, and 10 kilometers an hour on the climbs. It finished with a 2.5 kilometer athletics race that had one lap around the course. Botello was happy with his finish, especially the 5 kilometer part as it gave him some additional competition experience to prepare for his future marathon events.
Next Monday, Botello will be in Boston to compete in the Boston Marathon. He’ll be joined at the event by fellow Catalan Jorge Madera Jimenez. The Spanish pair are scheduled to go up against Great Britain’s Matthew Clarke and David Weir. Last month, Weir beat Botello at the Lisbon Half Marathon. Botello will also be up against Switzerland’s Marcel Hug who finished second at the Lisbon Half Marathon. Australia’s Kurt Fearnley who won bronze in the marathon at the 2012 Summer Paralympics will also be in Boston. Japan’s strong wheelchair marathon racing contingent will also be in Boston, with Kota Hokinoue, Kozo Kubo, Hiroki Nishida, Masazumi Soejima, Hiroyuki Yamamoto, and Takashi Yoshida all scheduled to compete.