Despite the current situation, Olsztyn hosted a spectacular event this past weekend.

By Amé Venter | 25 Aug, 2020

On August 21 and 22, a two-day triathlon festival took place! On Friday, August 21, the prestigious European sprint distance Triathlon Cup was held. This was attended by over 200 athletes from all over Europe.

Due to the current circumstances Olsztyn had to postpone their race date, however, despite the ongoing pandemic the event took place and had a lineup of some of the best triathletes resulting in exciting racing.

Among the Juniors, the first place was won by Sif Bendix Madsen (Denmark), second was Barbara De Koning (the Netherlands), and the third place went to Margaret Bicanova (Slovakia).

The racing was exciting, the top 10 junior females exited the water within 10 seconds from each other. The top 3 that came out of the water was Tomé (Portugal), Levi (Israel) and De Koning (Netherlands) respectively with a 2 second difference.
Before the 5km mark in the cycling a group of 7 athletes formed that had a lead of 50 seconds. By the end of the cycling leg Madsen (Denmark) took over first position leading by 1:57 on De Koning (Netherlands) and Levi (Israel).
By the end of the run Madsen (Denmark) increased her lead further to 2:36 on De Koning (Netherlands) and third place was filled by Bicanova (Slovakia).

In the Junior competition, Radim Grebik (Czech Republic) turned out to be the best. The second and third places belonged to Alexandre Montez (Portugal) and Gonçalo Balbino (Portugal) respectively.

The top 3 junior men came out of the water together. From there the rest of the group came out with a few seconds between the athletes. The top three was Gluszkowski (Poland), Grebík (Czech Republic) and Montez (Portugal) respectively.
These three athletes stayed in the top three position until the end of the cycling leg of the event. By the end of the run Grebík (Czech Republic) and Montez (Portugal) was still in the top two positions respectively followed by Balbino (Portugal) in third place.

In the women’s competition, the gold was won by Beatrice Mallozzi (Italy). Lisa Tertsch (Germany) was second, and Alberte Kjær Pedersen (Denmark) was third on the podium.

During the swim Caroline Pohle (Germany) came out of the water with a 23second lead on Selina Klamt (Germany) and Paulina Klimas (Poland).
Pohle (Germany) managed to hold on to the lead up until 10km into the cycle. The top 14 females finished the cycling leg together with a 1:02 lead. By the end of the cycling Missaglia (Italy), Zimovjanova (Czech Republic) and Jerzyk (Poland) was in the top 3. This changed as soon as the run started.

The Austrian Leon Pauger won the highest position in the Men’s Elite, Tim Sierpmann (Germany) was second, and Jonas Osterholt (Germany) was third.

Kollegger (Austria) came out the water first followed by Pauger (Austria) and Cervenka (Czech Republic).  It was exciting racing and the top three kept on changing. By the end of the cycling leg Pauger (Austria) was in the lead followed by Siepmann (Germany) and Osterholt (Germany). This remained the top three for the run and also the overall podium.