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May 3, 2024

Tomas Rodriguez Runs Away With April’s PTO Athlete Of The Month

Tomas Rodriguez wins April’s PTO Athlete of the Month

London, UK: Tomas Rodriguez’s incredible performance at Ironman Texas has also landed him the top step for April’s PTO Athlete of the Month, in a month full of stand out performances.

The spring-heeled Mexican obliterated the run course record in The Woodlands, with his split of 2:34:14 the fastest of the day and breaking the run course record by six minutes. To announce himself as a real contender in the sport and secure the PTO Athlete of the Month vote ahead of Youri Keulen and Ashleigh Gentle’s fireworks in Singapore and American Taylor Knibb’s Oceanside masterclass. Lionel Sanders (Oceanside) and Kat Matthews (IM Texas) could also consider themselves hard done by to not make the four-athlete shortlist.

A panel of triathlon media that includes Global Triathlon Network (GTN), Triathlete, Triathlon Magazine & Tri-Mag.de vote on their 1, 2, 3 from a four-athlete shortlist – awarding 3 points for #1, 2 pts for #2 and 1 pt for #3 – with triathlon fans also voting via the T100 social handles.

Rodriguez received top marks from four of the five judges to reach 14 points; Youri Keulen was second on 9 points after his lung bursting win at the Singapore T100; with Taylor Knibb third and Ashleigh Gentle fourth.

To celebrate his Texas triumph, the 25-year-old posted in his native Spanish on his Instagram account: ‘De La México para el mundo 🍾🍾’, which translates as ‘From Mexico to the world’ and was a celebration of not just the biggest win of his career so far, but the first full Ironman win by a Mexican.

Immediately following his victory, he also spoke in Spanish to explain his mindset on the last run lap, where he was clearly suffering. “My mindset was:’it’s a long day, enjoy the pain…A la mierda tu cuerpo cansado!'” Which roughly translates as: “To hell with your tired body!”

Hailing from Zacatecas, a rugged high-altitude plateau in north central Mexico, as Triathlete helpfully informed us, he’s certainly got the triathlon world’s attention and what he does next is likely to put Zacatecas firmly on the map.

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