Arpinelli and Henseleit survive the torrential rain to claim gold in Tiszi

By Paul Groves | 15 Jul, 2019

Tough weekend in Tiszaújváros as Junior athletes battle the storms

It was a truly unforgettable experience for our young athletes over the weekend in Tiszi. Distances had to be changed, conditions ranged from very hot to very wet and with everything in between, the athletes had to race the semi-finals in the hope that they would be fast enough to get through to the final with enough energy left to claim a podium place.

The LOC, working closely with the technical team, ensured that the safety of athletes was paramount but nevertheless, for some, the racing conditions were the worst they had ever experienced.

With 30 going through to the finals for both the women and the men, there was some tactical racing but also some “marks being made”.

The Semi-Finals were super-super-sprints, with a 250 m (1 lap) swim, a 6 km (2 laps) bike and a closing run that was at times like a swim, of 1.6 km (1 lap).

The most impressive of statements of intention was made by Italy’s Costanza Arpinelli. In her semi-final, she made sure she was in charge as, in short succession, she, followed by rivals Pia Totschnig AUT and Karolina Helga Horváth.

In the first semi-final, it was Márta Kropkó HUN, silver medal winner at the recent ETU Aquathlon Championships, who led them home just a couple of seconds slower than the Arpinelli charge. In fact, it was Kropkó, Myral Greco ITA, Tanja Neubert GER and Magdalena Früh AUT setting off the EvoChip timing at exactly the same time. Only the Eagle-eyes of the cameras could separate them.

So, excitement for the semi-finals and now, over the longer distance; Swim: 500 m (2 laps); Bike: 12.5 km (5 laps); Run:  3.6 km (3 laps) and still with no wetsuits, it was time to go all out.

It was Kropkó who led them from the swim to T1. A steady stream of athletes behind her, but with Arpinelli 30 seconds down and in danger of losing the train.

With Sophie Rohr GER and with teammate, Angelica Prestia, the Italian made her way up to the leading group and ensured that the pace was enough to keep ahead of the double Austrian threat of Totschnig and Früh.

The Minerva Roma athlete knew what she had to do as soon as the running shoes were on and her running pace was simply too much for anyone to match.

Crossing the line with the clock showing a 12:13 run, she had beaten them all. Kropkó delivered an impressive performance but was unable to hold off the attack from Horváth, who sped past in the closing stages of the run.

Click here for the interview with Arpinelli.

The Men’s semi-finals gave every indication that Italy would feature on the podium, with top three finishes in each of the three semi-finals. Sasha Caterina SUI, posted the fastest finish time and indeed, in his race, the fastest times were posted for the leading athletes. Each race is different and at the time the athletes were posted to the start list for the final, there cannot have bene many who would have thought that Simon Henseleit would pull the race of his life out of the hat and take the win.

In a way, this race mirrored the women’s with Henseleit emerging from the water some considerable way off the pace. It was his immense power on the bike that put him back in the game and soon enough on the run, the pace was being set by Caterina, Henseleit and Chris Ziehmer GER.

Henseleit’s power on the bike took him ahead of Caterina and Ziehmer’s pace, despite his crash the day before, was too much for semi-final winner, Kiwi, Saxon Morgan.

Cruising home to the finish tape, Henseleit was a jubilant winner. Caterina, having missed out in Holten, makes his first podium in 2019 with silver and Ziehmer goes home with his first ETU medal.

The after party was, as ever, a huge success and once again, the city of Tiszaújváros delivers a great festival of sport to the best athletes in the world.

Keep checking their Facebook Page to see updates, photos and hopefully soon enough, the post-production video.

This short clip is just a taster. Enjoy!

Our thanks go to Martin Breedijk, ETU Executive Board Member who kept the ETU Social Media pages alive with updates, photos and videos. Our thanks also got to the LOC for their photos and a big, big thank you to all the volunteers who braved the weather.

Related Event: 2019 Tiszaujvaros ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup
13 - Jul, 2019 • event pageall results
Results: Semifinal 1 Junior Men
1. Sasha Caterina SUI 00:18:53
2. Francesco Gazzina ITA 00:18:56
3. Ábel Sinkó-Uribe HUN 00:19:01
4. Jason Tai Long Ng HKG 00:19:04
5. Zsombor Dévay HUN 00:19:04
6. Itamar Eshed ISR 00:19:04
7. Thomas Ott GER 00:19:04
8. Filip Michalek CZE 00:19:11
9. Pedro Henrique Boff BRA 00:19:13
10. Loïc Triponez SUI 00:19:20
Results: Semifinal 2 Junior Men
1. Saxon Morgan NZL 00:19:17
2. Alessio Crociani ITA 00:19:21
3. Matthew Willis GBR 00:19:22
4. Levente Karai HUN 00:19:22
4. Itamar Levanon ISR 00:19:22
6. Ludovic Séchaud SUI 00:19:23
7. Gergő Dobi HUN 00:19:28
8. Simon Henseleit GER 00:19:34
9. Pavel Sorokin RUS 00:19:44
10. Lukáš Juránek CZE 00:20:01
Results: Semifinal 3 Junior Men
1. Jamie Riddle RSA 00:19:21
2. Dylan McCullough NZL 00:19:21
3. Nicolò Strada ITA 00:19:21
4. Davide Ingrilli ITA 00:19:31
5. Oscar Gladney Rundqvist DEN 00:19:34
6. Gergely Kiss HUN 00:19:37
7. Dmitriy Zakharov RUS 00:19:44
8. Chris Ziehmer GER 00:19:45
9. Linus Lehnen GER 00:19:46
10. Denis Kolobrodov RUS 00:19:49
Results: Semifinal 1 Junior Women
1. Márta Kropkó HUN 00:21:02
2. Myral Greco ITA 00:21:02
3. Tanja Neubert GER 00:21:02
4. Magdalena Früh AUT 00:21:02
5. Angelica Prestia ITA 00:21:03
6. Irina Juldibina RUS 00:21:06
7. Magdalena Sudak POL 00:21:08
8. Sophie Rohr GER 00:21:13
9. Shira Katz ISR 00:21:17
10. Noga Gottlieb ISR 00:21:18
Results: Semifinal 2 Junior Women
1. Costanza Arpinelli ITA 00:21:00
2. Pia Totschnig AUT 00:21:00
3. Karolina Helga Horváth HUN 00:21:01
4. Anikó Botka HUN 00:21:14
5. Alina Malysheva RUS 00:21:15
6. Fruzsina Dóra Kovács HUN 00:21:21
7. Nicole Buri SUI 00:21:24
8. Stefanie Walter GER 00:21:24
9. Laura Holánszky HUN 00:21:25
10. Nora Jencusova SVK 00:21:27
Results: Junior Men
1. Simon Henseleit GER 00:37:03
2. Sasha Caterina SUI 00:37:09
3. Chris Ziehmer GER 00:37:15
4. Saxon Morgan NZL 00:37:17
5. Zsombor Dévay HUN 00:37:19
6. Denis Kolobrodov RUS 00:37:25
7. Levente Karai HUN 00:37:27
8. Ábel Sinkó-Uribe HUN 00:37:31
9. Dylan McCullough NZL 00:37:32
10. Jason Tai Long Ng HKG 00:37:32