By David Peddie on 11/12/13 at 7:00 am
Poland’s Agnieszka Jerzyk has finished top of the ETU Points List for 2013 after a superb season which saw her claim two podium positions.
Jerzyk pipped Irina Abysova (RUS) and Rebecca Robisch (GER) to the top of the points list, with her victory in Banyoles (pictured above) and second place in Holten crucial.
I feel happy and surprised that I won this prestigious ranking,” said Jerzyk. “My European Cup participation was a good step to see what my condition and chances were within the European Elite.”
Jerzyk made a sensational start to 2013, winning her first International race of the year at the ITU Premium European Cup in Banyoles. She finished 15th at the ETU European Championships in Alanya before securing her second European podium of the year with second place at the ITU Sprint Premium European Cup in Holten.
On the domestic front, Jerzyk also defended her two Polish National Championship titles in both the sprint and Olympic distance.
“Season 2013 had many high points,” said Jerzyk. “The highlight of this season surely was European Championship, despite the fact that I did not succeed.
“It was an experimental season for me. I checked out a few new training methods and I had an exciting debut in a Half Ironman distance. I am quite content with starts in European Cups and Half Ironman distance. The end of the season was powerful and positive and I am looking forward to the new season 2014!”
From 2014, the ETU are introducing a new European Ranking system which will be based on performances during a calendar year only. The Points List, which is an amalgamated points system, will continue.