A great weekend of racing with the European Duathlon Championships in Caorle and the Melilla ECs
Caorle European Duathlon Championships:
The European Triathlon Federation is proud to announce the successful conclusion of the Caorle Duathlon in Italy, where the best athletes from across Europe came together to compete for the prestigious title of European Champion.
ELITE and U23 races:
The races were thrilling from start to finish, with some of the best duathletes in the world vying for the top spot. The races consisted of a 5k run, 20k bike ride, and a final 2.5k run, all set against the beautiful backdrop of Caorle, also known as “little Venice.”
The weather was perfect for the elite men’s race, with the sun setting and creating a stunning backdrop for the athletes as they pushed themselves to their limits.
It was a closely fought competition, with Benjamin Choquert from France claiming the gold medal with a total time of 48:21. Arnaud Dely from Belgium and Mario Mola from Spain were not far behind, claiming the silver and bronze medals respectively, with only two seconds separating the top three finishers.
It is also worth noting that Mario Mola’s impressive resume makes his third place finish in the elite men duathlon race all the more impressive. Mola is a legend in the sport of triathlon and has consistently been at the top of his game for many years. His achievements include being the ITU World Triathlon Series World Champion three times in a row from 2016 to 2018. He has also competed in three Olympic Games, finishing 19th in London 2012, 8th in Rio 2016, and 10th in Tokyo 2020.
Mola’s presence in the duathlon race added an extra level of excitement for both spectators and fellow competitors. His performance throughout the race was impressive, and although he didn’t take the top spot on the podium, his third place finish shows that he is still a force to be reckoned with in the world of endurance sports.
The elite female race at the Caorle Duathlon was also a fiercely contested event, with Marion Legrand from France claiming the top spot on the podium with a total time of 54:43. Maurine Ricour from Belgium and Giorgia Priarone from Italy were not far behind, claiming second and third place respectively, with only a few seconds separating the top three finishers.
The other competitors in the elite female race also put in outstanding performances, with María Varo Zubiri from Spain finishing fourth and Sandrina Illes from Austria rounding out the top five. Overall, it was an exciting and closely fought race, showcasing the incredible talent of Europe’s top female duathletes.
In addition to the elite races, the U23 athletes also had the opportunity to showcase their skills by racing alongside the elite competitors. The U23 races were equally thrilling, with Hugo Figueiredo from Portugal taking the top spot in the men’s race with a total time of 49:22. Simon Davis from Great Britain and Alberto Bartolomeo Demarchi from Italy followed closely behind, claiming second and third place respectively.
The U23 women’s race was equally impressive, with Asia Mercatelli from Italy taking the gold medal with a total time of 55:20. Chiara Lobba, also from Italy, claimed the silver medal, while Marta Romance from Spain took the bronze. The inclusion of the U23 races allowed young and talented athletes to compete with and be challenged by some of the best duathletes in Europe.
In the junior men’s race, it was Italy’s Nicolo’ Astori who came out on top, finishing the race in an impressive time of 51 minutes and 28 seconds. João Nuno Batista from Portugal put up a strong challenge, finishing just 15 seconds behind Astori. However, it was Italy’s Lorenzo Pelliciardi who secured the final podium spot, finishing the race in third place.
The junior women’s race was dominated by the Italian athletes, with Noemi Bogiatto taking the top spot with a time of 58 minutes and 30 seconds. Eleonora Demarchi wasn’t far behind, finishing in second place with a time of 59 minutes and 7 seconds. Alice Alessandri completed the all-Italian podium, finishing the race in third place with a time of 59 minutes and 35 seconds.
For Italy, winning the top spots at a home race is a tremendous achievement and a showcase of the strength of their junior duathlon program. The athletes put in a lot of hard work and dedication, and it paid off with their impressive performances. It will be exciting to see how these young athletes continue to develop and grow in the sport.
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The Paraduathlon races also saw some incredible performance by athletes across the multiple different categories! These were: PTWC Men, PTS2 Men, PTS3 Men, PTS4 Men, PTVI Men, PTS5 Women, PTVI Women. Representatives were mainly from France and Italy. The favourites mantained their status and many others competed to make their first step on an internation stage. You can find the full results at: https://triathlon.org/results/result/2023_europe_triathlon_duathlon_championships_venice_caorle
AGE GROUP races:
Right before the European Duathlon Championships this weekend in Caorle were the European Winter Championships in Andorra. The Nations League medal standings after those races was:
Over the weekend in Caorle, 456 age group athletes from across Europe competed in Caorle, Italy for the European Duathlon Championships. These athletes were racing in their own categories and aiming to win medals for their respective nations. The atmosphere was electric, and it was great to see supporters from different parts of Europe there to cheer on their friends and family members.
Many athletes had also taken the opportunity to visit the beautiful region of Venice before or after the race, making the experience even more memorable. There was a strong presence of British athletes, with 325 registered participants, but there were also athletes from Poland, Ireland, Italy, Austria, Luxembourg, Germany, and many other countries.
In the sprint duathlon category, Great Britain dominated the medal table with a total of 20 medals, including 11 golds. Italy came in second with one gold, one silver, and two bronzes, while France, Ireland, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Switzerland also had athletes on the podium.
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In the standard duathlon category, Great Britain continued to impress, winning a total of 15 medals, including six golds. Italy came in second with four golds, two silvers, and two bronzes, while Germany, France, Poland, Luxembourg, Austria, Spain, and Ireland also had athletes taking home medals.
Overall, the event was a great success, with athletes from all over Europe coming together to compete in a thrilling and competitive environment. Congratulations to all the athletes who participated, and a special congratulations to those who won medals for their nations.
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The overall medal table after these 2 initial European Championships sees Great Britain ahead with 96 medals overall, Italy in second place with 24 medals and Spain in third with 17 medals. France and Germany are right behind chasing to make it on the podium at the end of the season. Next up will be the European Championships in Madrid, we can’t wait to see you there! Until then, train hard and have fun!
Melilla European Junior and Elite Cups:
Melilla, an autonomous city of Spain in North Africa, played host to the Elite European Cup and the Junior European Cup over the weekend. Melilla is located on the eastern side of Cape Three Forks, bordering Morocco and facing the Mediterranean Sea.
The Junior European Cup saw young athletes take part in a triathlon race. The men’s race was won by Pelayo González Turrez from Spain, who finished with a time of 00:54:08. Hector Tolsa García and Jesús Vela Vela from Spain came in second and third place, respectively. In the women’s race, Margareta Vrablova from Slovakia came in first with a time of 01:01:15. Carla Martínez González and Alejandra Seguí Soria from Spain came in second and third place, respectively.
The Elite European Cup saw some of the best triathletes compete against each other. In the men’s race, Louis Vitiello from France took the top spot with a time of 00:52:18. Nathan Grayel, also from France, came in second place, while Guillaume Hay, also from France, came in third place. The women’s race was won by Emma Jackson from Australia, who finished with a time of 00:57:34. Alissa Konig from Switzerland and Nora Gmür, also from Switzerland, came in second and third place, respectively.
The races in Melilla were a testament to the skill and endurance of the athletes who competed. These events provide a platform for young athletes to showcase their talents and gain experience, while also giving seasoned professionals the opportunity to compete against each other. The location of Melilla, with its unique setting and rich cultural history, also provided a fitting backdrop for the races.
Coming up the Junior and Elite European Cups in Quarteira!
Related Event: 2023 Europe Triathlon Duathlon Championships Venice-Caorle
|Results: Elite Men|
|5.||Javier Martin Morales||ESP||00:48:42|
|7.||Urko Herran Aguilar||ESP||00:49:03|
|Results: Elite Women|
|4.||María Varo Zubiri||ESP||00:54:49|
|6.||Marion Le Goff||FRA||00:54:58|
|Results: U23 Men|
|3.||Alberto Bartolomeo Demarchi||ITA||00:49:53|
|6.||Valentin Van Wersch||NED||00:50:27|
|7.||Ander Michelena Beltran De Heredia||ESP||00:50:30|
|8.||Sergio Latorre Gil||ESP||00:50:33|
|Results: U23 Women|
|Results: Junior Men|
|2.||João Nuno Batista||POR||00:51:43|
|4.||Euan De Nigro||ITA||00:51:58|
|7.||Miguel Espuna Larramona||ITA||00:52:15|
|Results: Junior Women|