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Mónica Puig qualifies for the 2024 Ironman World Cup in New Zealand

Mónica Puig and Pepe Calderón

By The Star Staff

Brazilian Matheus Martini, 31, captured first place in the Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico, which took place on Sunday with the participation of 907 athletes from 23 different countries and Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rican Javier Figueroa, the winner of the event last year, finished second.

The first Puerto Rican female athlete to cross the finish line was Jessica González from Puerto Rico (5 hours, 7 minutes, 43 seconds).

Olympic gold medalist Mónica Puig, who retired from professional tennis two years ago and who debuted this year as an ambassador for IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico, achieved a time of 5:42, good enough to qualify for the IRONMAN 70.3 2024 world championship to be held in December in New Zealand.

Television personality Pepe Calderón, meanwhile, achieved a time of 5:27:56.

The official start of the event took place at 6:55 a.m. at Laguna del Condado, where the athletes swam a distance of 1.2 miles and continued to the transition area at the Third Millennium Park, where the 56-mile route began, cycling along the northern coast of the island heading west toward the municipality of Dorado and returning along the same route to the Third Millennium Park for the pedestrian stage. The last stage took participants through Old San Juan in a 13.1-mile run that finished on the west side of Third Millennium Park.

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