Russia dominates at ETU Winter Triathlon Championships

Russia dominates at ETU Winter Triathlon Championships

By David Peddie on 28/01/13 at 9:37 am

Women’s Review:
Borghild Løvset held off the challenge of defending champion Helena Erbenova to secure her second European Winter Triathlon Championship title in Tartu. The Norwegian finished in 1:40:34 to pip Erbenova to the gold medal and avenge last year’s surprise loss to the Czech athlete in Valsesia.

On a difficult course, Løvset and Erbenova duelled constantly at the front of the pack before the Norwegian gained control on the third bike lap and from there she never looked like surrendering her lead. There was double joy for Norway as former U23 European Champion Elisabeth Sveum claimed the third podium position.

In the Women’s U23 race, Tatiana Bregeda claimed another title for Russia with a convincing victory. She finished ahead of compatriot Margarita Ovsyannikova with Italy’s Illaria Titone completing the podium.

Men’s Review:
Pavel Andreev retained the European Championship title in Tartu with a dynamic victory in a race dominated by the Russian athletes. The reigning World Champion, and 2011 European Champion, led home a Russian 1-2-3 to begin 2013 in the perfect fashion.

Andreev finished in 1:28:31 ahead of countrymen Maxim Kuzmin and Dmitiry Bregeda, who secured 2nd and 3rd places respectively. Such was the Russian dominance in Tartu that Evgeny Kirillov finished 4th with the evergreen Daniel Antonioli of Italy finally bucking the trend in 5th place.

Andreev said: “I finished the running course as third, on bike course I managed to come to second place and skiing took me finally to the first position. The track was great and I really enjoyed competing here.”

The highest ranked Estonian was Allan Oras who finished 20th in a time of 1:41:24. This might have been better had he not fallen off his bike but the Estonian was simply delighted to compete at this level, saying: “It was fun to compete here.”

In the Men’s U23 race, Russian dominance continued with victory for Viktor Kuznetsov. In a field largely made up of Russian athletes, Kuznetsov once again led home a 1-2-3 with podium places for Pavel Yakimov (2nd) and Dmitry Koltsov (3rd). Koltsov just did enough to hold off the threat of Estonian Sander Linnus, who finished 4th.

Juniors Review:
Roman Vasin and Stefania Shamshurina made it a double success for Russia’s junior athletes by claiming victory in Tartu.

In the Junior Women’s race, Shamshurina (pictured above) powered away on the bike after a tight opening run segment. Speaking after the race a delighted Shamshurina said: “For me, it was the perfect international championship. The track was perfect.”

Shamshurina’s dominace meant she finished almost three minutes ahead of Natalie Grabmullerova, who had to settle for second place.Kseniia Belkina of Russia completed the podium in third.

In the Junior Men’s race, Roman Vasin had a much closer battle with the field, crossing the line just ten seconds ahead of his nearest challenger. Once again it was Vasin’s power on the bike which propelled him into a winning position, despite the best efforts of runner up Zhorzh Basyuk.

Basyuk, from Russia, posted the fastest ski time of the day and although he closed the gap considerably on Vasin it wasn’t enough for victory. In another Russian 1-2-3, Nikita Mandrik completed the Junior Men’s podium in third place.

Elite Men

1. Pavel Andreev RUS RU 01:28:31
2. Maxim Kuzmin RUS RU 01:28:47
3. Dmitriy Bregeda RUS RU 01:30:10
4. Evgeny Kirillov RUS RU 01:30:41
5. Daniel Antonioli ITA IT 01:30:44
6. Tomas Jurkovic SVK SK 01:30:48
7. Kristian Monsen NOR NO 01:31:10
8. Alberto Comazzi ITA IT 01:31:44
9. Peter Barton SVK SK 01:32:47
10. Pavel Jindra CZE CZ 01:34:00

Elite Women

1. Borghild Løvset NOR NO 01:40:34
2. Helena Erbenova CZE CZ 01:42:02
3. Elisabeth Sveum NOR NO 01:42:54
4. Tatiana Charochkina RUS RU 01:46:28
5. Olga Parfinenko RUS RU 01:46:53
6. Hanne Trønnes NOR NO 01:47:24
7. Yulia Surikova RUS RU 01:47:44
8. Sarka Grabmullerova CZE CZ 01:50:26
9. Ksenia Chernykh RUS RU 01:50:57
10. Eveli Saue EST EE 01:52:13

Junior Men

1. Roman Vasin RUS RU 00:54:53
2. Zhorzh Basyuk RUS RU 00:55:03
3. Nikita Mandrik RUS RU 00:55:13
4. Nehuen Truc ITA IT 00:57:24
5. Kirill Tarakanov RUS RU 00:57:43
6. Roman Antipanov RUS RU 00:57:48
7. Josten Vaidem EST EE 00:58:01
8. Kristjan Johanson EST EE 00:59:18
9. Ekke Kaur Vosman EST EE 01:00:37
10. Toms Sakalausks LAT LV 01:01:39

Junior Women

1. Stefania Shamshurina RUS RU 01:03:52
2. Natalie Grabmullerova CZE CZ 01:06:29
3. Kseniia Belkina RUS RU 01:07:43
4. Iuliia Baiguzova RUS RU 01:12:18
5. Sandra Schmidt EST EE 01:15:18
6. Brita Liivamaa EST EE 01:17:46
7. Tatiana Vancova SVK SK 01:23:59

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