Quarteira’s IX International Triathlon last weekend was the first round of this season’s European Cup. Some of the Continent’s and Portugal’s best multi-discipline athletes started the gruelling competition with the swimming event on Saturday at 3pm, before switching to bicycles and finally the running track. Olympian Vanessa Fernandes crossed the line in first place followed home by French and Italian Emmi Charayron and Alice Betto. In the men’s competition, Spain’s Mario Mola gained a narrow victory over Portugal’s João Silva.