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Golden day for Europe in the first day of racing in Lausanne

By Paul Groves | 30 Aug, 2019

European Athletes dominate the first day of racing in Lausanne.

The home advantage was not really a factor today in Lausanne as first the Junior and then the U23 athletes delivered truly stunning performances at the ITU World Championships.

In the youngest category, Italy was the dominant force in the women’s race, with gold and silver going to Beatrice Mallozzi and Costanza Arpinelli respectively.  Jessica Fullagar rounded off the podium to ensure that the medals stayed amongst the European athletes and Erin Wallace split the southern hemisphere pairing from New Zealand and Japan to claim 5th. With Nora Gmür and Anja Weber flying the Swiss colours high, 7th and 8th place was also filled with the pride of Europe. One race, 6 athletes in the top ten.

The men’s race was again a bumper bonus for the European, with the world title going to Ricardo Batista POR. Sergio Baxter Cabrera will forever be looking at his T2 time and wondering, “what if?” as he came so close to the silver, missing out on the run despite a valiant charge at the line. Bronze to Spain. With 4th, 5th and 6th place going to Boris Pierre, Paul Georgenthum and Levente Karai, the celebrations will be loud and long in the French and Hungarian camps tonight. Alessio Crociani,
Eric Diener and Simon Henseleit finished off the top ten to give more delight to Team Italia and to put Germany in a great mood. This race saw 8 Europeans in the top ten.

ETU has long been focussed on delivering training and resources to our youngest athletes and the programme, led by Željko Bijuk and his dedicated team of coaches certainly appears to be working well. If we look further down the results sheet (11-20), we see athletes from Israel, Czech Republic, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Austria and Spain featuring a further 15 European athletes.

The juniors gave us a taste of things to come as the U23 titles were secured to Europe with victories going to Emilie Morier FRA and Roberto Sánchez Mantecón ESP.

Behind them came a whole string of talent, with Olivia Mathias GBR claiming silver and Lisa Tertsch GER, bronze in the women’s event and Csongor Lehman HUN having greater pace on the day to take silver ahead of Israel’s Ran Sagiv, who makes history as the first Israeli athlete to win a medal at the Triathlon World Championships.

Absolute domination for the U23 athletes, with, in the women’s race, GB’s Kate Waugh sprinting home for 4th, Alicia Ulatowska POL claiming 6th, Lena Meißner GER 7th and Theresa Feuersinger AUT in 10th. 7 athletes in the top ten.

The men’s event saw Vasco Vilaça POR claim 4th, Ben Dijkstra GBR 8th and Simon Westermann SUI, 10th. 6 athletes in the top ten.

ETU Development Camps have been running now for many years. ETU has also been holding the very successful ETU Youth Festivals; bringing together younger athletes from all over Europe to train together, to gain cultural experiences together and of course race against and together. With the results we see today by looking further down the U23 results sheets (11-20), we see athletes from Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Great Britain, Sweden, Russia, Israel and Hungary featuring again a further 15 European athletes.

A delighted Renato Bertrandi, President of the European Triathlon Union was at all four races and saw first-hand the level of excellence of these new generations of athletes.  “None of these performances were great results based upon luck. What we saw today was the result of determined efforts of teams of people working together to ensure that the legacy of European Triathlon continues to deliver to the highest level.

I am so very happy with the results that we have seen today. These medals and strong performances are the tangible reward for all the great effort and commitment of our National Federations.

We in ETU are striving to provide opportunities for these young athletes from across the European Confederation to compare their levels; finding their strengths, identifying their weaknesses, defining their sporting ability.

With the very positive success of our comprehensive portfolio of ETU Junior European Cups that reaches across Europe and with the ETU Triathlon Youth European Championships Festival, we are able to make the dreams come true for young and talented athletes.

Our ETU Development Programme is a perfect tool that assists new and emerging national federations to realise their potential and to gain valuable international racing experience for their athletes, coaches and of course their Technical Officials.

These World Championships are where they can see that all the long hours they have put in; in the pool, on the bike, on the track, in the gym and in the classroom with their coaches have paid off and taken them to a place where they can truly say, ‘We are the best!’

These athletes are our future. They are THE future of triathlon and I am very grateful to ITU for the continued support they provide, permitting us to deliver the best training to the best athletes.”

To read the excellent ITU Press Releases, written by Doug Gray and to see the thrilling photos, please click the following links:

Junior Women

Junior Men

U23 Women

U23 Men
 

Postscript:

The glory keeps coming. The Elite athletes gave their very best on Saturday. The crowds were treated to thrilling races and with Lausanne closing the current WTS Rankings Series, it was good news again for the Europeans who filled the top ten slots in both male and female events.

The victories on the day went to the USA and Katie Zaferes, with a mightily impressive return to racing after her dreadful crash and to Kristian Blummenfelt NOR, who simply out-paced the rest of the world to mark up one of the best wins of his career.

For the women, 7 of the top ten places were filled with European athletes; for the men, all top ten places went to European athletes.

Click below for Doug Gray’s race reports and the visually-stunning photo albums.

Elite Women

Elite Men

Renato Bertrandi, President of the European Triathlon Union was there to witness the races. “Stunning performances of our Elite athletes: we are living a magic moment in Lausanne
that hopefully will last all the way to Tokyo.”

As we saw above in the article about the junior and U23 athletes, investment in our sport to ensure a broad development is key. Our Elite athletes are the finished, polished, highly-efficient products of the whole process. Their success depends upon what went before and with what we have seen this weekend, it is very evident that amongst the Confederations, ETU is hitting all the buttons. 2019 is not yet over but the focus will now turn, naturally towards the East and to Tokyo.

Related Event: 2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Lausanne
29 - Sep, 2019 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Kristian Blummenfelt NOR 01:50:47
2. Mario Mola ESP 01:51:03
3. Fernando Alarza ESP 01:51:18
4. Gustav Iden NOR 01:51:34
5. Vincent Luis FRA 01:51:53
6. Javier Gomez Noya ESP 01:52:14
7. Casper Stornes NOR 01:52:20
8. Jonathan Brownlee GBR 01:52:32
9. Marten Van Riel BEL 01:52:53
10. Alois Knabl AUT 01:52:53
Results: Elite Women
1. Katie Zaferes USA 02:02:45
2. Jessica Learmonth GBR 02:02:49
3. Georgia Taylor-Brown GBR 02:03:03
4. Rachel Klamer NED 02:03:44
5. Flora Duffy BER 02:04:26
6. Laura Lindemann GER 02:04:41
7. Annamaria Mazzetti ITA 02:04:51
8. Alice Betto ITA 02:05:11
9. Taylor Spivey USA 02:05:40
10. Nicola Spirig SUI 02:05:53
Results: U23 Men
1. Roberto Sanchez Mantecon ESP 01:50:20
2. Csongor Lehmann HUN 01:50:36
3. Ran Sagiv ISR 01:50:50
4. Vasco Vilaca POR 01:51:07
5. Brandon Copeland AUS 01:51:12
6. Diego Moya CHI 01:51:28
7. Diego Alejandro Lopez Acosta MEX 01:51:38
8. Ben Dijkstra GBR 01:51:44
9. Matthew Hauser AUS 01:51:52
10. Simon Westermann SUI 01:51:57
Results: U23 Women
1. Emilie Morier FRA 02:04:01
2. Olivia Mathias GBR 02:04:08
3. Lisa Tertsch GER 02:04:32
4. Kate Waugh GBR 02:04:53
5. Kira Hedgeland AUS 02:05:22
6. Alicja Ulatowska POL 02:05:38
7. Lena Meißner GER 02:06:30
8. Erika Ackerlund USA 02:06:49
9. Ainsley Thorpe NZL 02:07:25
10. Therese Feuersinger AUT 02:07:37
Results: Junior Men
1. Ricardo Batista POR 00:55:05
2. Lorcan Redmond AUS 00:55:12
3. Sergio Baxter Cabrera ESP 00:55:16
4. Boris Pierre FRA 00:55:18
5. Paul Georgenthum FRA 00:55:23
6. Levente Karai HUN 00:55:29
7. Brock Hoel CAN 00:55:36
8. Alessio Crociani ITA 00:55:38
9. Eric Diener GER 00:55:41
10. Simon Henseleit GER 00:55:42
Results: Junior Women
1. Beatrice Mallozzi ITA 01:00:41
2. Costanza Arpinelli ITA 01:00:42
3. Jessica Fullagar FRA 01:00:53
4. Hannah Knighton NZL 01:01:26
5. Erin Wallace GBR 01:01:47
6. Chisato Nakajima JPN 01:01:49
7. Nora Gmür SUI 01:01:54
8. Anja Weber SUI 01:01:58
9. Gillian Cridge USA 01:01:59
10. Brea Roderick NZL 01:02:01
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