Relay thrills as Portugal takes the 2018 title

By Paul Groves | 22 Jul, 2018

The final day of a fantastic weekend of triathlon celebrations saw the showcase event of the Mixed Relay. With the Elite racing in Glasgow, it was the Juniors who would put on the show and race for the title.

With Hungary, the reigning Champions, on the start line, with Germany, still buzzing from Tim Hellwig’s great result on Friday and with the late-entry of Russia, the 2017 podium was here.

Challengers from Austria, Great Britain, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Israel, France, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia, Denmark, Latvia, Ireland, Portugal, Italy, Lithuania and the host nation, Estonia, it was an impressive line-up of athletes in transition as they were presented to the crowds who had found the best location to watch the swim start, transition, handover and then a short run up to the finish. Click the photo below for the swim start video.

As the heartbeats sounded out over the river, tension was running high. The athletes dived into the river and swam against the current before their turn to come back downstream and the exit that would lead them to T1.

With an initial lead established by Dorka Putnóczki, the Hungarian team looked set to defend their title but the sheer delight of relay racing is that so much can happen. Penalties to four teams were issued by the Head Referee, Dave Rigby (GBR) and suddenly the dynamic was changed and with some teams playing catch-up, other were suddenly seeing fresh opportunities.

With the format of racing seeing the handover going from female to male to female to male, leads that had been established early were lost and it was only until the final leg that we got a reasonable impression of just which team might win. From the handover, it was a fast run to the pontoon.

With a tremendous battle between Kate Waugh GBR and Gabriela Ribeiro POR on the 3rd leg, that saw them work really hard together on the swim, then between them decide to push as hard as possible on the bike, it was Ribeiro whose kick left Waugh trailing as they went to the handover.

France has a powerful swimming in Paul Georgenthum and he soon caught Tiago Fonseca POR and James Chantler-Mayne GBR. The three set off on the bike but a slip at the handover meant that Team GB would have a ten second penalty to serve just 200m from the finish. There was no breakaway on the bike and coming into T2, the three athletes had just the final 1700m to run.

No gambling from the British team. The penalty was served and they dropped out of medal contention to leave Fonseca to storm down the blue carpet to take the gold medal and title of European Champions for his team.

Georgenthum was scooped up by his teammates as he crossed the line. Celebrations were loud and wild in the finish area and the national TV company came at just the right time to catch the interview with the victorious Portuguese Team. Tim Hellwig had done so much on the bike to try and catch the leader and with Chantler-Mayne standing in the penalty box , watching the ten seconds tick away, Hellwig sped past and then down to the finish to take the bronze.

With medals being presented by ETU Executive Board Member, Herwig Grabner and Race Director Ain-Alar Juhanson, the jubilant teams climbed onto the podium for one last time in Tartu. Click the picture below for the video of the celebrations.

With the medals around their necks and bottles of fizz in their hands, the best celebration was had to close the 2018 Tartu ETU Triathlon European Championships.
We will get the Age group report up in the next few days but first need to get home and work on the photos.

Thank you Tartu; as a city, you have welcomed athletes from all over Europe and showed them what a lovely location this is and with your dedicated team of volunteers, hard-working event committee and welcoming population, this is without doubt an event that everyone will remember fondly.

Tänan Eesti ja jällenägemiseni!

Related Event: 2018 Tartu ETU Triathlon European Championships
19 - Jul, 2018 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Richard Varga SVK 00:53:07
2. Uxio Abuin Ares ESP 00:53:18
3. Roberto Sanchez Mantecon ESP 00:53:19
4. Constantine Doherty IRL 00:53:20
5. Frantisek Linduska CZE 00:53:23
6. Tamás Tóth HUN 00:53:31
7. Miguel Arraiolos POR 00:53:34
8. Samuel Dickinson GBR 00:53:37
9. Alexander Bryukhankov RUS 00:53:40
10. Lukas Pertl AUT 00:53:45
Results: Elite Women
1. Sophie Coldwell GBR 00:58:32
2. Alexandra Razarenova RUS 00:58:52
3. Kaidi Kivioja EST 00:58:54
4. Lena Meißner GER 00:59:00
5. Olivia Mathias GBR 00:59:02
6. Julie Derron SUI 00:59:18
7. Anastasia Abrosimova RUS 00:59:23
8. Ekaterina Matiukh RUS 00:59:35
9. Marta Sanchez Hernandez ESP 00:59:43
10. Zsanett Bragmayer HUN 00:59:47
Results: Junior Men
1. Vetle Bergsvik Thorn NOR 00:53:59
2. Tim Hellwig GER 00:54:07
3. Csongor Lehmann HUN 00:54:16
4. Ricardo Batista POR 00:54:21
5. Maxime Fluri SUI 00:54:24
6. Valentin Morlec FRA 00:54:38
7. Romaric Forques ESP 00:54:49
8. Paul Georgenthum FRA 00:54:54
9. Boris Pierre FRA 00:54:54
10. Tjebbe Kaindl AUT 00:54:58
Results: Junior Women
1. Pauline Landron FRA 01:00:25
2. Magdalena Früh AUT 01:00:45
3. Jessica Fullagar FRA 01:00:49
4. Roksana Slupek POL 01:01:01
5. Erin Wallace GBR 01:01:09
6. Anja Weber SUI 01:01:26
7. Celia Merle FRA 01:01:35
8. Kristina Jesenska SVK 01:01:37
9. Quinty Schoens NED 01:01:49
10. Kate Waugh GBR 01:01:51
Results: Mixed Junior Relay
1. Team I Portugal POR 01:18:24
2. Team I Germany GER 01:18:32
3. Team I France FRA 01:18:40
4. Team I Russia RUS 01:18:45
5. Team I Hungary HUN 01:18:46
6. Team I Great Britain GBR 01:18:47
7. Team I Switzerland SUI 01:18:59
8. Team I Austria AUT 01:19:15
9. Team I Italy ITA 01:19:36
10. Team I Spain ESP 01:20:24
Results: PTWC Men
1. Geert Schipper H2 NED 01:03:11
2. Joseph Townsend H2 GBR 01:04:27
3. Giovanni Achenza H1 ITA 01:04:54
4. Alexandre Paviza H1 FRA 01:05:40
5. Florian Brungraber H2 AUT 01:06:01
6. Ahmed Andaloussi H1 FRA 01:08:37
7. Benjamin Lenatz H1 GER 01:09:26
8. Jose Manuel Quintero Macias H1 ESP 01:18:40
DNS. José Vicente Arzo Diago H2 ESP DNS
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