ETU EB meeting in Budapest
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The Executive Board of the European Triathlon Union held its latest meeting in Budapest, Hungary on the weekend of 17-18 of March.
During the meeting several important issues were discussed. Marisol Casado, ETU President highlighted in her report, that the ETU is on the right track moving forward and had a successful winter season, which peaked in Flassin, Italy with the World Championships, where 23 countries participated. All the future European Championships are in good phase of their preparation, the oganisers are in close contact with the Technical Delegates and the ETU Office.
The next European Championships is a debut on the program of ETU, the Cross Triathlon European Championships. The National Federations can support this race by sending teams to the wonderful island of Ibiza. The current Junior and the Elite European Cup series are on the website. There can be additions to the calendar until the end of March. The bonus pool prize money of the European Cup series will be 20.000 Euro at the end of the season distributed among the top ten women and men athletes.
The bid conditions for the 2008-2010 European Championships have been finalized. These conditions will be found on the ETU website soon and are already sent to the National Federations. From 2008 there will be two more championships events held in Europe, the Cross Duathlon and Aquathlon/Sprint Triathlon.
The Television production will cover the Triathlon Premium European Cups and the European Championships. The five 26 minute shows will be distributed via Eurovision and also directly to other broadcasters. The production will be made by DDPR Production from Budapest.
The next meeting will be held in Copenhagen prior to the European Championships.
From left to right: Emilio Di Toro, Jasmine Flatters, Michel Knepper, Philip Schaedler (treasurer), Gergely Markus (secretary general), Kathleen Smet, Marisol Casado (president), Rob Barel, Klaus Mueller-Ott (vice-president)
Missing from the picture: Vera Carvalho, Richard Stannard (athletes’ representative)
Three-time world and Commonwealth Games champion Emma Snowsill of Australia won the 2007 Mooloolaba BG Triathlon World Cup today, in Mooloolaba, Australia, with a time of 1 hour 59 minutes and 20 seconds. Amongst one of the most competitive womens fields ever assembled for a world cup, Snowsill was able to break away from her biggest rival Vanessa Fernandes of Portugal at the five kilometre mark in the run to take top spot in the first world cup of the 2007 season. Snowsills team mate and current Under23 world champion Erin Densham was able to pass Fernandes in the final stage to claim second place, 31 seconds back. A further 10 seconds back in third was Fernandes.
Its one of the races Ive never won before, its always eluded me and thats always an incentive, commented the petite Snowsill. The home crowd is always fantastic, to not be able to hear yourself breathing and hurting and to hear everybody else is a fantastic feeling, and I think that really makes all the difference
After the opening 1,500 metre ocean swim, a group of 22 athletes formed early on the bike, including all the top players such as local favourites Annabel Luxford, Felicity Abram and Emma Moffatt, American Laura Bennett, the second and third ranked Joelle Franzmann and Anja Dittmer of Germany, Junior world champion Kirsten Sweetland of Canada, the Kiwi duo of Debbie Tanner and Andrea Hewitt, as well as the eventual podium finishers. The large group was able to work together over the hilly 40 kilometre bike to build almost a minute gap on the rest of the field which included a number of strong runners such as Samantha Warriner of New Zealand, Lauren Groves of Canada and Rina Hill of Australia.
Out onto the tough and hot run course it was Snowsill, Fernandes and Tanner immediately taking the lead with Densham trailing. The first to drop off the heated pace was Tanner and at the 5 kilometre point of the run Snowsill was able to break away and cruise to her sixth world cup win.
I knew Vanessa was there for a while, said Snowsill. I never at any stage knew she wasnt there. It was all about going as hard as possible.
The fading Fernandes was eventually overtaken in the final kilometre by a late-charging Densham.
Shes [Fernandes] definitely up there on a pedestal with Emma and I dont know how to explain beating her actually, shes such a great athlete, said a shocked Densham. I just went as fast as I could in the finish. I kept looking down. I could see her shadows but then the finish line just came.
Fernandes was stopped short of her, would be, record-breaking 13th consecutive world cup win with her bronze medal.
I never thought of it. I just wanted to win, stated Fernandes. I tried to go with Emma but she was very strong today on the run, and I think Im not so good on this kind of course, with the sun on the run. I think it was because of that I lost a bit of time to Densham. I think we have another very good girl with Erin Densham. I think its very good for the sport.
An estimated 25,000 spectators enjoyed the 32 degree temperatures to watch a total of 153 of the worlds top triathletes competing for valuable Olympic qualifying points and their share of the US$100,000 prize purse.
La ejecutiva de la ETU mantuvo su ltimo encuentro en Budapest, Hungra el fin de semana del 17 al 18 de Marzo.
Durante el encuentro muchos e importantes asuntos fueron discutidos. Marisol Casado, presidenta de la ETU resalt en su informe que la ETU va por el buen camino y tuvo una exitosa temporada de invierno, cuyo punto culminante fue Flassin, Italia con los Campeonatos del Mundo, donde 23 pases participaron. Todos los futuros Campeonatos de Europa estn en una buena fase de preparacin, los organizadores estn en contacto con los Delegados Tcnicos de la oficina del ETU.
El prximo Campeonato de Europa es un inicio en el programa del ETU, el Campeonato de Europa de Cross Triathlon. Las Federaciones Nacionales pueden apoyar esta carrera enviando equipos a la maravillosa isla de Ibiza. Las actuales series de la Copa de Europa Junior y Elite estn en la pgina web. Puede haber aadidos al calendario hasta finales de Marzo. La bolsa de premios en metlico de la serie de la Copa de Europa ser de 20.000 Euros a distribuir entre los 10 mejores hombres y las 10 mejores mujeres a final de temporada.
Las condiciones para las ofertas de los Campeonatos de Europa de 2008-2010 han finalizado. Dichas condiciones podrn encontrarse en la pgina web de la ETU en breve y ya han sido enviadas a las Federaciones Nacionales. A partir de 2008 habr dos campeonatos ms celebrados en Europa, el de Cross Duathlon y el de Aquathlon/Sprint Triatln.
La televisin retransmitir las Copas de Europa Premium de Triatln y los Campeonatos de Europa. Los cinco programas de 26 minutos sern distribuidos por Eurovisin as como directamente a otras emisoras. La produccin corre a cargo de DDPR Production de Budapest.
El prximo encuentro se celebrar en Copenhague antes del Campeonato de Europa.