Irish Junior’s star in Athlone

Irish Junior’s star in Athlone

By David Peddie on 08/07/13 at 9:01 am

Con Doherty won the first European title of his career as Ireland’s Junior athletes delighted the home crowd with three medals at the ETU Junior European Cup in Athlone.

Doherty, Christopher Mintern and Emma Sharkey each won a medal as Ditte Kristensen (DEN) took gold in the Junior Women’s race.

In the Junior Men’s race, Doherty pulled away on the run to secure victory in a time of 54:41, ahead of team-mate Christopher Mintern. It was Mintern’s first International career podium.

Behind the Irish duo, Emilie Blondel (FRA) and Anders Lund Hansen (DEN) were neck and neck and only a photo finish separated the two with Blondel taking the third podium spot.

In the Junior Women’s race, Ditte Kristensen secured her second career victory with a dominant performance.

Her blistering pace in the swim gave her an early advantage and she continued that pace to maintain her lead. She entered T2 with a comfortable lead and her victory was never in doubt.

Behind her, Sharkey and Kuriackova entered T2 together but Sharkey suffered a nasty fall which disrupted her transition.

This gave Kuriackova the advantage to press on for silver but to Sharkey’s credit she recovered well to finish in third place and seal the bronze medal.


Picture: Con Doherty, Emma Sharkey and Christopher Mintern celebrate their medal haul. By Sean Power/TI Media

Junior Men

1. Constantine Doherty IRL IE 00:54:41
2. Christopher Mintern IRL IE 00:55:01
3. Emile Blondel FRA FR 00:55:15
4. Anders Lund Hansen DEN DK 00:55:15
5. Erwin Vanderplancke BEL BE 00:55:21
6. Emil Deleuran Hansen DEN DK 00:55:24
7. Raphael Pujol-Siwane FRA FR 00:55:27
8. Liam Lloyd GBR GB 00:55:28
9. Aaron O'Brien IRL IE 00:55:48
10. Alex Hill GBR GB 00:56:00

Junior Women

1. Ditte Kristensen DEN DK 01:03:26
2. Ivana Kuriackova SVK SK 01:03:44
3. Emma Sharkey IRL IE 01:06:36
4. Eliza Cottington GBR GB 01:08:21
5. Ipek Oztosun TUR TR 01:09:42
6. Mégane Van Steenwinckel BEL BE 01:11:27
7. Armanni Antoine-Chager GBR GB 01:16:26

Find more details about this event - 2013 Athlone ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup