Mario Mola finishes second in the 10K Ibiza-Platja d'en Bossa


Youssef Ben Hadi, in the men's category, and Likina Amebaw, in the women's category, took the first places in the first edition of the 10K Ibiza-Platja d'en Bossa held this Sunday in Ibiza. The Moroccan, with a time of 29:00, blamed the wind for not being able to lower his personal best set at 28:04. Mario Mola, second, stopped the clock at 29:02, far from the Balearic record set at 28:57 and held by Toni Peña since 1997. Mola was satisfied with the race and, although he recognized that his "illusion" was to be under 29 minutes, he indicated that "it is still early" in reference to the season ahead. "There will be opportunities to continue improving and I think it's a good starting point," he said. Jaume Leiva crossed the finish line in third place with 29:47. In the women's race, Likina Amebaw came in first place, lowering her personal best by 15 seconds. Amebaw stopped the clock in 32:40. The French Mélody Julien (33:24) and the ADA Calvià triathlete Carolina Routier (35:48) completed the podium. The five times world champion, Javier Gómez Noya, on the other hand, was in fifth position with 29:57, behind the Spanish 10K champion, Jesús Olmos. Noya pointed out that the course was "harder than it seemed, with a bit of wind at the turning points" and stressed that running under 30′ "is good because for me it was a test". The Galician, who tried to help Mola in the first 4 kilometers to take the wind out of him so he could beat the Balearic record, said that the race was a "good training" after the work he is doing to face the Olympic Games. The triathlete has advanced that in the coming weeks he will travel to Mexico to perform a "warm-up training" and begin to adapt to the conditions of Tokyo. "There are three months of hard work ahead," he said.