Helena Erbenova and Pavel Andreev repeat as Winter Triathlon World Champions

23 Feb, 2013 02:31 • EspaƱol

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Reigning champions defend their world championship titles

Reigning champions Helena Erbenova (CZE) and Pavel Andreev (RUS) defended their world championship titles on Saturday at the 2013 Cogne ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships.

Erbenova led the elite women’s race line to line to stamp out her second title. She blasted away straight from the start, rounding the first of three run laps in the top position, alongside teammate Sarka Grabmullerova (CZE).

But by the end of the three-lap run course, Erbenova had etched out a minute and a half lead. Erbenova continued to forge ahead on the bike, while Norway’s Elisabeth Sveum moved into second. But Erbenova was too strong to catch, as she posted the top ski split by more than a minute to win in one hour, 20 minutes, 10 seconds.

Sveum stopped the clock more than three minutes later for silver, and Grabmullerova rounded out the podium for bronze 1:24:24.

Andreev’s quest for his third consecutive title was hard fought. The Russian trailed Kristian Monsen (NOR), Evgeny Kirillov (RUS) and Italy’s own Daniel Antonioli following the two-lap run course. But a massive bike leg put Andreev back in contention for the podium, as he moved behind teammate Kirillov and in front of Antonioli.

Determined to avenge the title he relinquished to Andreev last year, Antonioli pushed the pace on the final discipline, skiing past the pair of Russians. However, Andreev matched Antonioli’s thirst for gold, and together the duo engaged in a terrific sprint for the finish.

In the final meters, Andreev dug deep to move just centimeters ahead, claiming the win by just over half a second in 1:08:24. Antonioli took silver for the second time, while Kirillov crossed over 10 seconds later for bronze.

In the women’s Under23 category, Margarita Ovsyannikva (RUS) reclaimed the world title for the first time in two years. She used solid run and bike splits to beat out teammate Tatiana Bregeda, who finished in second in 1:25:45. Italy’s Greta Vettorata finished more than 15 minutes later for bronze.

In a surprise finish, Norway’s Carl-fredrik Hagen blew away pre-race favourites Pavel Yakimov (RUS) and Viktor Kuznetsov (RUS) in the men’s U23 race. Although Hagen got off to a slow start, he posted dominant bike and ski splits to overtake previous world champion Yakimov by more than three minutes. Yakimov took silver in 1:11:59, while Kuznetsov was third in 1:11:59.

Italy’s Emilie Collomb impressed on home soil as she took her first world title in the junior women’s event with a time of 1:00:43. Russia’s Mariia Bochkareva earned silver in 1:02.20, while 2011 world champ Stefania Shamshurina was third in 1:05:12.

Russia was back on top in the junior men’s race with Zhorzh Basyuk and Roman Vasin having finished first and second in times of 52:43 and 53:19, respectively. Italy’s Sonny Stauder completed the podium in 53:35.


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Related Event: 2013 Cogne ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships
22 - 24 Feb, 2013 • event pageall results
Results: U23 Women
1. Margarita Ovsyannikova RUS 01:25:45
2. Tatiana Bregeda RUS 01:27:25
3. Greta Vettorata ITA 01:42:46
4. Ilaria Titone ITA 01:47:31
Results: U23 Men
1. Carl-Fredrik Hagen NOR 01:08:50
2. Pavel Yakimov RUS 01:11:59
3. Viktor Kuznetsov RUS 01:13:17
4. Felix Waldhuber AUT 01:13:57
5. Pavel Eliseev RUS 01:16:43
6. Martin Husek CZE 01:17:09
7. Marco Panzavolta ITA 01:19:50
8. Davide Cheraz ITA 01:19:52
9. Filippo Rossi ITA 01:20:41
10. Julian Brunner ITA 01:22:35
Results: Junior Women
1. Emilie Collomb ITA 01:00:43
2. Mariia Bochkareva RUS 01:02:20
3. Stefania Shamshurina RUS 01:05:12
4. Melanie Albrecht GER 01:05:35
5. Karina Sakhno RUS 01:10:08
6. Radka Sucha SVK 01:12:19
7. Sandra Schmidt EST 01:14:31
8. Tatiana Vancova SVK 01:15:52
Results: Junior Men
1. Zhorzh Basyuk RUS 00:52:43
2. Roman Vasin RUS 00:53:19
3. Sonny Stauder ITA 00:53:35
4. Evgenii Shiganov RUS 00:54:15
5. Nehuen Truc ITA 00:54:57
6. Marco Liporace ITA 00:56:10
7. Nikita Mandrik RUS 00:56:30
8. Patrick Klettenhammer ITA 00:56:55
9. Alessandro Saravalle ITA 00:57:28
10. Vasilii Bazuev RUS 00:59:43
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