Europeans dominate Tiszy women's heats

by Erin Greene on 09 Aug, 2014 08:21 • Español

Europeans dominated women’s elite semifinal races on Saturday at the Tiszy World Cup, with pre-race favourites Italy’s Gaia Peron (ITA), Sophia Saller (GER) and Celine Schaerer (SUI) winning their heats.

Peron finished ahead of Margit Vanek (HUN) in semifinal 1, with Renee Tomlin (USA) in third and Lucy Hall (GBR) in fourth.

“A super race. I was running slower because on the bike I was first so no problems for getting into the finals. I had a good swim. I’ve been staying in St. Moritz in Switzerland and here for two nights, but it’s hotter today,” Peron (ITA) said, who was second out of the water behind Carolina Routier (ESP), who finished seventh.

Saller finished ahead of Rachel Klamer (NED), Lindsey Jerdonek (USA) and Zsofia Kovacs (HUN) in heat 2, looking satisfied and relaxed with her race, which she clearly enjoyed.

Saller said: “The very tight first group was working together really well. Everyone was doing their bit. I was just enjoying it. We were chatting on the run. Once the bike was over we knew, ‘we’ve got this’. The swim was quite brutal at the beginning, but it was okay.”

Saller was outside the top five going onto the bikes, while Jerdonek was in second place with Klamer fifth.

In semifinal 3, Schaerer (SUI) was third out of the water in a tight group behind Erin Jones (USA) and Pamela Oliveira (BRA), who finished second, while Kaitlin Donner (USA), who was fourth out of the water, finished third.

Jones (USA) crashed on the first turn on the bike, grazing her elbow, but recovered to finish eighth and qualify for Sunday’s final.

“It was rough,” Jones said. “I was mad because I had a good swim. I’m just excited to redeem myself tomorrow. I didn’t have the perfect day today so tomorrow is redemption.”

Other triathletes to qualify for Sunday’s final include Ditte Kristensen (DEN), Hanna Philippin (GER), Sara Vilic (AUT), Charlotte McShane (AUS), Charlotte Bonin (ITA), Katrien Verstuyft (BEL), Danne Boterenbrood (NED) and Gillian Sanders (RSA).

Related Event: 2014 Tartu ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup
13 Jul, 2014 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Vladimir Turbaevskiy RUS 00:58:42
2. Luke Willian AUS 00:58:49
3. Valentin Mechsheryakov KAZ 00:59:05
4. Giulio Molinari ITA 00:59:12
5. Stefan Zachaeus LUX 00:59:15
6. Ron Darmon ISR 00:59:25
7. Daniel Hofer ITA 00:59:32
8. Casper Stenderup Korch DEN 00:59:39
9. Patrick Rhyner SUI 00:59:42
10. Aymeric Petel FRA 00:59:48
Results: Elite Women
1. Arina Shulgina RUS 01:06:12
2. Lisa Sieburger GER 01:06:41
3. Irina Abysova RUS 01:06:55
4. Inna Ryzhykh UKR 01:07:12
5. Anel Radford RSA 01:07:16
6. Veronica Signorini ITA 01:08:19
7. Kaidi Kivioja EST 01:08:41
8. Asa Annerstedt SWE 01:09:00
9. Sarah Lester AUS 01:09:21
10. Olga Agapova RUS 01:09:43
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