From duathlons to triathlons in Africa and Europe, the 2013 season carried on this weekend with Spain dominating the Banyoles ITU Premium European Cup, while South Africa swept the Potchefstroom ATU Duathlon African Championships.
Banyoles ITU Premium European Cup
Spanish athletes delighted the home crowd at Banyoles as they claimed four out of six podium places at the ITU Premium European Cup race. In the women’s race, Agnieszka Jerzyk (POL) got her 2013 season off to the perfect start with victory. This was Jerzyk’s first international race of the year and she put in a fantastic display to win her first European Cup since 2011 in Karlovy Vary. Spain’s success continued with Ainhoa Murua and Tamara Gomez Garrido claiming the remaining podium positions to bring their medal total to four. Garrido will be particularly pleased as this is her first career podium.
Fernando Alarza maintained his brilliant start to 2013, as he secured his second European Cup victory of the season in the men’s race. It came down to the final run as five athletes remained in contention approaching the last laps, but Alarza’s pace saw him streak ahead for gold. Frenchman Aurelien Lebrun finished behind Alarza for only his second ever podium in an European race and Vicente Hernandez cemented Spanish success with a bronze medal, mirroring Alarza’s finishes following his third place in Quarteira. Click here for full results.
Potchefstroom ATU Duathlon African Championships
South Africa scored big at the ATU Duathlon African Championships on Sunday, sweeping gold and silver in both the men’s and women’s elite races. Andrea Steyn enjoyed a lengthy win by nearly five minutes in the women’s race ahead of Liezl Van Der Merwe.
In the men’s race, Johannes Du Plessis out ran compatriot Travis Johnston in the final 5km run portion to claim the title. Johnston settled in for silver a minute and a half later, while Roger Randrianambinina (MAD) brought it home just over two minutes after Johnston for bronze. Full results are here.
This weekend, Japan cleaned up on continental champions in Subic Bay at Asian Championships, while Europe saw stellar racing from Russia's elites and juniors at the Antalya ITU Triathlon European Cup.
This weekend was a multisport dream with the second WTS race, a Pan American Sprint Cup, and the ETU Sprint and Long Distance Duathlon Championships all contested. Here’s your pint sized recap for the hefty event weekend.
With the 18th edition of the Ishigaki World Cup and the Premium Asian Cup in Chengdu, ITU racing was full steam ahead in Asia this weekend. Get your full race report here.
While World Triathlon Series action kicked off in Auckland this weekend,The European Triathlon Union season got underway in Portugal and Brazil hosted the ITU Triathlon Premium Pan American Cup.
With a long holiday break for many around the world, it was a light event weekend. South Sumatra hosted the ITU Triathlon Premium Asian Cup, attracting a small, but international field of athletes on Sunday.
Over the weekend, the ITU triathlon season touched down in the Americas and Africa for some studly action in warm conditions, as PATCO and Arabic champions were crowned.
Along with the official launch of the ITU triathlon season in Australia, South Africa, Mexico, and the US each hosted ITU events. Check out these quick race recaps to stay in the know on the 2013 triathlon season.
Triathlon action was not lacking this weekend with championship races plentiful across three continents. Check out this quick recap of the events to stay up on your triathlon results.