University of Alicante triathlete Fernando Alarza will participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games
His two UA teammates, Lasse Lührs and Ognjen Stojanovic, hope to qualify for the Olympic Games next May through their respective home countries, Germany and Serbia
Fernando Alarza, University of Alicante triathlete
Alicante, Wednesday 24 February 2021
University of Alicante triathlete Fernando Alarza, champion of Spain 2020 and fourth in the World Championships 2019, will be present at the Olympic Games in Tokyo next summer. A classification to which his teammates Lasse Lührs, 12th in the World 2020, Spanish University Champion 2019 and silver medallist 2018 and 2017, for Germany and Ognjen Stojanovic for Serbia, could join him, depending on the qualifying events to be held in May.
Assuming that they classify, the three will join the list of students from the University of Alicante who have already been Olympians before, as in the case of Rio de Janeiro 2016, where Daniel Andújar participated in 800m and Marieta Jover, in long jump, both students of the undergraduate degree in Physical Education and Sports Sciences, or also medallists such as Juan Escarré, silver medallist in Atlanta 2004 in field hockey.
The University of Alicante representatives in the triathlon event of the Olympic Games will be part of the only 55 classified from all over the world that will compete in this event, where only 3 representatives per country participate. A fact that highlights the good level of performance that UA athletes develop internationally.
Alarza, Lührs and Stojanovic are part of the successful UA triathlon team that has been champion of the Copa del Rey in 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2020 and champion of Spain’s Federated Championship 2020 and Spain’s University Championship 2019, coached by Roberto Cejuela, senior lecturer in Sports Training in the undergraduate degree in Physical Education and Sports Sciences and director of the University of Alicante Sports Division.
This will be the first time that these athletes have represented the institution at an international federated and university level since they have been training at the University of Alicante.
The University of Alicante is firmly committed to promoting sports among all the groups that make up the university community - students, administration and services staff, academic and research staff - and to this end a programme has been developed to promote sports through the Sports Division, encouraging the practice of physical exercise at the university, now limited due to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic.
1- Fernando Alarza, Roberto Cejuela and Sánchez Mantecón
2- Serbian triathlete Ognjen Stojanovic
3- German triathlete Lasse Lührs
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