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Panevėžys in the rain sees exciting racing for the semi-finals

By Paul Groves | 14 Jul, 2017

2017 ETU Panevėžys Triathlon Youth European Championships Festival

With glorious weather for the Parade of Nations, the weather Gods turned the hose on for the Semi Finals. With a slightly short version of the Sprint Distance, the athletes swam 500m (1 lap), biked 11.4km (4 laps) and ran to the finish over a final 3.55km (3 laps) course.

Amongst the women, the three semi-finals delivered three thrilling races but in dreadful conditions. Fastest of all was Russia’s Daria Lushnikova. Her overall time of 40:33 sets her well and truly ahead of the other athletes, including European Junior bronze medal winner,  Jessica Fullager. It was the third heat that saw the fastest bike splits but fastest runner of the day was Pia Totschnig AUT.

After the race, Totschnig said, “Das heutige Ergebnis war definitiv ein Lächeln wert. Ich konnte mein Semifinale gewinnen und habe mir für das A-Finale bereits meinen Startplatz sichern können.
Besonders freut es mich, dass meine Trainingskollegin Magdalena Früh mit mir am Samstag an den Start gehen wird, sie erkämpfte sich heute den 2.Platz in ihrem Semifinale. Today’s results were certainly worth a smile. I was able to win my semi-final and secure a start place for the Final. I am especially happy that my training partner, Magdalene Früh will be on the start with me on Saturday, after her second place in her semi-final.”

Watch out for a potential showdown between Totschnig and last year’s silver medal winner from Italy, Beatrice Mallozzi who came third in her semi-final.

A massive 25 nations are through to the final.

The men’s semi-finals were much closer, with Great Britain taking all the top places. Fastest time went to Daniel Slater who finished in the 1st race with 36:45. He was just ahead, time-wise, of James Chantler who raced in the 3rd wave and in the second wave it was Matt Willis who led the athletes home. His 11:35 run off the back of a slower bike ride will be something to watch for the final on Saturday. A silver medal last year in the Tiszaújváros Festival; will he manage to get gold?

For the men, 27 nations will compete in the final.

Click here for the start lists for the Finals, which take place on Saturday.


Thanks to Christoph Totschnig for the images.


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Results: 4xMixed Relay Youth
1. Team I Great Britain GBR 01:07:10
2. Team I Portugal POR 01:07:24
3. Team I France FRA 01:07:40
4. Team I Switzerland SUI 01:07:47
5. Team I Italy ITA 01:07:55
6. Team I Russia RUS 01:08:01
7. Team I Israel ISR 01:08:03
8. Team I Austria AUT 01:08:16
9. Team I Hungary HUN 01:08:17
10. Team I Denmark DEN 01:08:44
Results: Semifinal 1 Youth Men
1. Daniel Slater GBR 00:36:45
2. Andreas Carlsson SWE 00:36:56
3. Baptiste Passemard FRA 00:36:59
4. Itamar Eshed ISR 00:37:03
5. Davide Ingrilli ITA 00:37:06
6. Balázs Kovács HUN 00:37:26
7. Boris Pierre FRA 00:37:27
8. José Vieira POR 00:37:28
9. Riccardo Brighi ITA 00:37:34
10. Iñaki Candel Bermudo ESP 00:37:34
Results: Semifinal 1 Youth Women
1. Jessica Fullagar FRA 00:40:51
2. Abbie Williams GBR 00:41:01
3. Beatrice Mallozzi ITA 00:41:18
4. Anja Weber SUI 00:41:29
5. Freya Thomson GBR 00:41:45
6. Alzbeta Hruskova CZE 00:41:48
7. Hannelore Willen BEL 00:41:55
8. Augusta Grønberg Christensen DEN 00:42:01
9. Chiara Cocchi ITA 00:42:08
10. Irina Zhuldybina RUS 00:42:22
Results: Semifinal 2 Youth Men
1. Matthew Willis GBR 00:36:56
2. Sam Hart GBR 00:36:59
3. Itamar Shevach Levanon ISR 00:37:16
4. Levente Karai HUN 00:37:16
5. Florent Lefebvre FRA 00:37:19
6. Sergio Baxter Cabrera ESP 00:37:21
7. Valdemar Solok DEN 00:37:24
8. Nicolò Strada ITA 00:37:28
9. Alexandre Ribeiro POR 00:38:01
10. Matteo Nonino ITA 00:38:08