Grand Haven High School junior Gabby Villanueva saw Big Ben, a play and the London Eye on a recent trip to the city, but her sightseeing didn't last long — she was there on business.
Villanueva, 16, competed in the Age Group World Championship sprint triathlon on Sept. 13.
The sprint-distance race includes a 750-meter swim; a 20K bike ride; and a 5K run.
She finished the swim course in 17 minutes, 28 seconds; the bike in 42:53; and had a 22:07 run.
Villanueva’s time was good for 38th out of 47 in her age class, and 490th out of 785 females overall.
“Time-wise, it was kind of slow compared to my previous races, but … everybody’s bike was slow, even the top people,” Villanueva sad. “I was happy where I placed and that I didn’t crash. I was very happy with my run and overall placing as well.”
Villanueva said the running track was fast, but that the swim and biking course conditions were not ideal.
“The water was flat, dirty black water, very cold,” she said. “It must have been in the low 50s. The bike (course) was really flat … but it was very rainy and wet, there were a lot of people that wiped out.”
She said her mentality during the race was different than any other triathlon she had competed in.
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