Thrilling finals in Panevėžys give golds to France and Great Britain

By Paul Groves | 16 Jul, 2017

2017 ETU Panevėžys Triathlon Youth European Championships Festival

The racing in Panevėžys continued on Saturday with the A and B Finals. Live TV coverage was provided for the A Final and that ensured viewers from all over the world could watch these young athletes race the 300m swim (1 lap) / 8.55km bike (3 laps) and a final 2-lap run of 2.35km. The rains of the first day had gone and so with the water warmed up it was a non-wetsuit swim.

The Women’s race saw some top athletes race. With Kitzbühel medal success, it was France’s Jessica Fullagar who was race favourite. A bronze at the European Championships, following her win in Quarteira, ensured that her confidence was well-justified. She emerged from the water some way back, but knew well that she had the pace on the run not to panic in the early stages. It was Italy’s Beatrice Mallozzi and Austria’s Pia Totschnig, her main rivals who were ahead and not so long after getting onto the bikes there was a strong peloton of riders working hard around the 3 laps.

It was pretty much decided in those 8.55km that the medals would go to the strongest runners in that group and coming into T2, it was essential that no mistakes were made. Russia’s Daria Lushnikova received a time penalty for an infringement and really lost out. With her great performance in the semi-finals, and with her strong swim and riding earlier in the race, the error may well have cost her a medal and it was Fullagar, Totschnig and Mallozzi who broke away on the run and battled for the three colours of gold, silver and bronze.

It was Fullagar who had that final kick and was just able to hold off Mallozzi to get the victory for France. Italy celebrated with silver and Totschnig did just enough to hold on to bronze.

With the men, a clear statement of intent had been made in the semi-finals and Great Britain was an easy race favourite for the gold but just which of the young men would get the victory?

A closely packed group of men emerged from the water and it was Daniel Slater who was tucked into that group and well-placed for the bike. With athletes now training so well, with the development programmes delivering such high results, we are seeing swim times getting closer and closer.

So it was that the men soon grouped together on the bike and a fast-moving group delighted the spectators who were lining the course. As with the women’s race, it would be the final run that would decide the medals and with sensible positioning in the peloton, it was Matt Willis, silver medal winner last year in Tiszaújváros who, with Sam Hart soon provided support for Slater.

Nobody could match Slater’s run pace and he cruised to victory. Behind him Willis just had enough left to secure silver with Hart rounding off the podium to take bronze in a Team GB clean sweep. It looks like Great Britain has some strong youngsters coming through and that the legacy created by the brothers from Leeds has paid off.

Sunday will see the Mixed Relays. OK, in Hamburg there is the World Championships for Mixed Relays but watch out for these young athletes. They could well be the one that you will be cheering on in Tokyo.

Watch the 2017 ETU Panevėžys Triathlon Youth European Championships Festival, Mixed Relays live. The action starts at 12:00 (Local Time).

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Results: Mixed Youth Relay
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 Juldibina 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 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
Results: Semifinal 2 Youth Women
1. Pia Totschnig AUT 00:41:00
2. Audrey Ducornet FRA 00:41:05
3. Libby Coleman GBR 00:41:11
4. Nora Gmür SUI 00:41:13
5. Anna Goreva RUS 00:41:18
6. Hanne Peeters BEL 00:41:22
7. Nikolett Ferenczi HUN 00:41:23
8. Chiara Lobba ITA 00:41:26
9. Costanza Arpinelli ITA 00:41:29
10. Hagar Cohen Kalif ISR 00:41:44
Results: Semifinal 3 Youth Men
1. James Chantler-Mayne GBR 00:36:47
2. Ricardo Batista POR 00:36:51
3. Alessio Crociani ITA 00:36:52
4. Jamie Riddle RSA 00:37:01
5. Zsombor Dévay HUN 00:37:04
6. Oscar Gladney Rundqvist DEN 00:37:10
7. Gergely Kiss HUN 00:37:29
8. Jakob Fink AUT 00:37:34
9. Jan Skrjanc SLO 00:37:48
10. Angel Sanchez Carreras ESP 00:37:54