Alistair Brownlee secures hat-trick of European titles

By Erin Greene | 21 Jun, 2014

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Alistair Brownlee secures hattrick of titles

Olympic Champion Alistair Brownlee took his fifth victory in Kitzbuehel and claimed his third European gold medal on Saturday. Although a big lead pack of 53 athletes entered T2, after a fast transition Brownlee immediately opened up a gap over eight athletes. Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS) and Vicente Hernandez (ESP) were the fastest runners of this chase pack and sprinted to silver and bronze, respectively.

The weather conditions were nothing like the women’s race on Friday. The sun was out all day, warming up the Schwarzsee lake in Kitzbuehel to make these European championships a non-wetsuit swim.

The Polyanskiy brothers were the first ones to exit the water after the 1500m two-lap swim, but they were closely followed by a big pack of 25 athletes, with favorites Brownlee, Hernandez, Fernando Alarza, Joao Pereira, and Alessandro Fabian close behind.

At the halfway point of the bike course, two big groups came together to form one big lead pack of 54 athletes. Despite a few breakaway attempts, the lead group stayed together and entered T2 for a fast and nervous transition.

From there it was a one man show for Brownlee who showed he’s back at almost full strength. Matthew Sharp initially led the chase for Great Britain, with Russians Polyanskiy and Bryukhankov, along with Alarza, Hernandez, Pereira and David Mcnamee (GBR).

One after one they dropped off because of the fast running pace from Hernandez, Polyanskyi and Alarza. In the finish chute it was Polyanskyi who took a well deserved silver medal, while Hernandez took his very first major international elite medal with bronze.

Related Event: 2014 Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon European Championships
20 - Jun, 2014 • event pageall results
Results: 16-19 Female AG Sprint
1. Hannah Moser AUT 01:15:21
2. Lisa Totschnig AUT 01:16:32
3. Rosie Lindsay GBR 01:19:11
4. Emily Alderson GBR 01:19:53
5. Mona Ritter AUT 01:21:15
6. Sina Hinteregger AUT 01:21:59
7. Vivien Ploner AUT 01:23:53
8. Clover Murray GBR 01:24:37
9. Chanette Rog AUT 01:26:54
10. Carolina Sandhofer AUT 01:29:53
Results: 16-19 Male AG Sprint
1. Tom Stead GBR 01:05:12
2. Marcel Pachteu AUT 01:05:36
3. Tautvydas Kopustas LTU 01:05:40
4. Michael Singer AUT 01:07:01
5. Massimo Köstl AUT 01:07:41
6. Angus Smith GBR 01:08:02
7. Fergus Robinson GBR 01:08:09
8. Sean Wylie GBR 01:08:13
9. Julian Höllmüller AUT 01:08:49
10. Christopher Davies GBR 01:09:07
Results: 18-19 Female AG
1. Esther Colman GBR 02:55:37
Results: 18-19 Male AG
1. Tautvydas Kopustas LTU 02:11:46
2. Kamil Magott POL 02:19:17
3. Thomas Garbett GBR 02:20:45
4. Charles West GBR 02:46:37
DNF. Thomas Lazenby GBR 00:00:00
Results: 20-24 Female AG
1. Eloise Du Luart GBR 02:23:57
2. Romana Slavinec AUT 02:25:35
3. Lisa Miksch GER 02:27:42
4. Gabriela Brien FRA 02:31:00
5. Hannah Cutajar MLT 02:31:47
6. Hannah Johnston GBR 02:32:07
7. Abigail Bagshaw GBR 02:32:25
8. Priya Crosby GBR 02:34:35
9. Nathalie Birli AUT 02:35:22
10. Jacqueline Meister AUT 02:35:31
Results: 20-24 Female AG Sprint
1. Sandra Koblmüller AUT 01:13:01
2. Jacqueline Kallina AUT 01:17:36
3. Alex Smethurst GBR 01:19:57
4. Sabrina Stadelmann SUI 01:20:21
5. Catriona Buchanan GBR 01:20:43
6. Nathalie Birli AUT 01:20:52
7. Marlene Rechberger AUT 01:21:29
8. Georgina Hellier GBR 01:22:24
9. Gessica Gambaro SUI 01:22:40
10. Marion Marmorat FRA 01:26:34