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Challenge Salou in words and pictures

American Collin Chartier and Sweden's Lisa Norden were super in Salou

Photo by: Jose Luis Hourcade

Ironman Barcelona wasn’t the only Spanish race affected by high winds and waves on the weekend – organizers at Challenge Salou had to cancel the swim and substitute a 5 km run because of the tough water conditions at the race in Catalonia. That didn’t dampen the excitement, though, as 2012 Olympic silver medalist Lisa Norden made up for getting lost at the Challenge Championship in August and took a resounding win, while American Collin Chartier had an emotional win as he dedicated the victory to his sick grandfather back home in the US.

High-winds and waves forced the cancellation of the swim, so a 5 km run was subsituted. Photo: Jose Luis Hourcade
The women pros head off. Photo: Jose Luis Hourcade
Frederick Funk had a great ride and led the men into T2. Photo: Jose Luis Hourcade
Chartier managed to keep the gap to under three minutes starting the run, though. Photo: Jose Luis Hourcade
Els Visser found herself chasing Lisa Norden after the run, and couldn’t make up any ground on the speedy Swede. Photo: Jose Luis Hourcade
Norden dominated the day, riding away from the rest of the women and enjoying a comfortable 6-minute cushion starting the second run. Photo: Jose Luis Hourcade
There was no stopping the determined Chartier on the run as he ran his way to the win. Photo: Jose Luis Hourcade
The men’s podium: Collin Chartier (c), Jorik Van Egdom (l) and Robbie Deckard (r). Photo: Jose Luis Hourcade
A dominating win for Norden. Photo: Jose Luis Hourcade
Th women’s podium from left to right: Els Visser, Lisa Norden and Lucy Hall.

You can find results from the race here.