Press Release - 2003 ITU Rio World Cup - Elite Men

Press Release - 2003 ITU Rio World Cup - Elite Men

By ITU Admin on 09/11/03 at 12:00 am

ITU MEDIA
RELEASE: Sunday, 9 November 2003



Polikarpenko Wins Back to Back World Cups
 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: 9 November 2003: For immediate Release:   Volodomyr Polikarpenko of the Ukraine built up a 20 second lead through the   1500m swim, then went solo for the first lap of the 40km bike course. American   teammates Andy Potts and Mark Fretta led the huge chase pack through transition   and immediately began the hunt for Polikarpenko.

Polikarpenko was   hauled in by a group of 8 led by Doug Friman of the USA and Csaba Kuttor of   Hungary. At this point a second chase pack led by Brent McMahon of Canada and   the 1999 World Champion Dimitry Gaag of Kazahkstan was just 30 seconds back,   and was threatening to catch the lead group.

The solid, hard-working   group at the front slowly pulled away from the chase group with the powerful   Polkarpenko along with Andy Potts at the front Polikarpenko kept his position   at the front through the second transition, followed by his teammate Andreas   Gluschenko. Mark Fretta and Daniel Fontana of Argentina were close behind.

The Ukrainian held   onto his lead through the first 2 laps of the 10km run gradually pulling away   from Fretta and Gluschenko, as Russia

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