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Defending champion Mendez vows 2020 Ironman comeback

March 24, 2019 - Sunday 9:03 AM by Funny Pearl A. Gajunera

DAVAO CITY -- A frustrated Mauricio Mendez vowed to strive harder in next year’s Alveo Ironman 70.3 Davao after a technical problem in the bike run forced him not to finish the race.

Mendez, the defending champion, failed to keep on track following a brake and flat tire problem.

It took the 22-year-old Mexican more than two hours to finish the bike course. He then decided not to finish the race because he had lost too much time.

“Flying from Mexico to the Philippines, my bike got broken during the flight. I temporarily fixed my brake and handlebar and I had some issues with that while on the race,” Mendez said.

He said he tried to fix the issues during the 40 kilometer bike run but on his way back he suffered a flat tire.

“I just had too many problems on the bike, problems that were enough to take you out of the competition,” he said.

“I’m really frustrated, I’m really angry right now for this situation because I prepared myself for this race. I really wanted to have the title again because it is my way to say thank you for all the support you gave me and that’s what I am sad about,” he added.

Mendez vowed he will try his best to come again next year to say a proper “thank you” to the Davaoeños who rooted for him to have a back-to-back win.

“Shit happens, to be honest, and I need to be focused to overcome this problem. I have a race in one month. It’s an important one in Vietnam and I will just train really hard for that and keep my head up and ask God to be with me all the time and come back here again next year to say thanks the way I wanted,” Mendez said.