Jerzyk wins Poland’s first ever World Championship in Beijing

by Nicola Hargreaves on 10 Sep, 2011 05:15 • Español

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Jerzyk wins Poland's first ITU Triathlon in Beijing

Agnieszka Jerzyk (POL) pulled out a gutsy sprint to the finish to claim Poland’s first ever world championship medal in the women’s ITU Triathlon Under23 World Championships.

At the end of the cold and rainy race day in Beijing, Jerzyk just pipped Zsofia Kovacs (HUN) at the line for the gold medal with an emotional Rebecca Robisch (GER) coming home in third.

“It’s amazing because this is the first medal in a world championships for Poland. The race was really hard, on the first lap of the run I didn’t believe that I could get a medal, but the next lap was really fast and I felt better. I had a great finish and I’m feeling really happy,” said Jerzyk.
 
In stark contrast to the previous day’s racing, the temperature had noticeably dropped for the start of the women’s swim. China’s Wang Yingying (CHN) was first to exit the swim into T1 with two packs soon forming on the first lap of the bike.

Leading the group of around 15 were Yuko Takahashi (JPN), Alexandra Coates (CAN), Robisch and Kaitlin Shiver (USA) with the second pack 20 seconds behind in pursuit. Before the midway point of the 20 km ride, the chase pack caught the leaders forming a group of over 25 women.

Ukraine’s Yuliya Yelistratova and Jerzyk were the first to enter T2 to join the pack of ten leading the run. Kovacs, Kyla and Alexandra Coates (CAN) and Lauren Goss (USA) were among the ten who ran together for the first two laps before the group began to split. 

Kovacs surged into the lead with Yelistratova and Jerzyk hot on her heels and Shiver close behind. Going into the final lap Yelistratova dropped off the pace as Kovacs and Jerzyk stormed ahead. Onto the final 200m stretch, Kovacs could not hold on to the lead as Jerzyk crossed the line in 02:07:07. Robisch ended strongly to hold off Shiver on the final stretch for the bronze.

“I’m really happy with my medal and happy with my swim as well because I caught the first pack and I’m not a good swimmer. The bike was a little dangerous because of the rain and it was a tough course. On the run it was a sprint finish and I was really happy to finally get second,” said Kovacs.

“I’m so happy, I just cried after the finish line because I was so excited and happy. It was amazing for me in my last under23 competition to get a medal,” said Robisch overwhelmed by her podium finish. “In the swim I felt good and I was in the first group and the bike was not hard for me, but I felt that I had no strength because of the cold. I felt bad on the run as I was so freezing and couldn’t feel my legs, but on the last lap I saw there was a gap in front of Yelistratova and I just gave everything I had in the last kilometre.”

The final day of racing in Beijing sees the women’s elite race on Sunday 11 September at 13:35 followed by junior men at 16:15.


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09 - 11 Sep, 2011 • event pageall results
Results: U23 Women
1. Agnieszka Jerzyk POL 02:07:07
2. Zsófia Kovács HUN 02:07:08
3. Rebecca Robisch GER 02:07:14
4. Kaitlin Donner USA 02:07:18
5. Yuliya Yelistratova UKR 02:07:30
6. Non Stanford GBR 02:07:44
7. Anja Knapp GER 02:07:48
8. Charlotte Morel FRA 02:07:51
9. Lauren Goldstein- Kral USA 02:07:54
10. Alexandra Coates CAN 02:08:08
Results: U23 Men
1. Matthew Sharp GBR 01:52:12
2. David Mcnamee GBR 01:52:17
3. Thomas Bishop GBR 01:52:19
4. Gregory Billington USA 01:52:38
5. Franz Loeschke GER 01:53:01
6. Igor Polyanskiy RUS 01:53:05
7. Pierre Le Corre FRA 01:53:17
8. Ivan Ivanov UKR 01:53:26
9. Rodrigo Gonzalez MEX 01:53:28
10. Davide Uccellari ITA 01:53:53
Results: Junior Women
1. Mikayla Nielsen NZL 01:03:40
2. Ashlee Bailie AUS 01:03:42
3. Hanna Philippin GER 01:03:47
4. Eszter Pap HUN 01:04:02
5. Kelly Whitley USA 01:04:12
6. Joanna Brown CAN 01:04:16
7. Adriana Barraza MEX 01:04:22
8. Allison Hooper CAN 01:04:27
9. Christine Ridenour CAN 01:04:38
10. Annika Vössing GER 01:04:49
Results: Junior Men
1. Lukas Verzbicas USA 00:56:21
2. Justus Nieschlag GER 00:56:54
3. Tony Smoragiewicz USA 00:56:59
4. Ron Darmon ISR 00:57:06
5. Matt Brown AUS 00:57:11
6. Matthias Steinwandter ITA 00:57:19
7. Alois Knabl AUT 00:57:28
8. Dávid Pap HUN 00:57:30
9. Raphael Montoya FRA 00:57:35
10. Gordon Benson GBR 00:57:37
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