Best of 2015: David Hauss' shoeless ETU win

by Chelsea White on 04 Jan, 2016 09:30 • Español

The 2015 season saw non-stop action that awed the triathlon world over and over again.

The World Triathlon Series was nothing short of historical, the World Cup circuit saw 12 new athletes claim their first titles, Paratriathlon saw new and old champions earn gold, the Rio Test Event gave a preview of what is to come next summer at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and multiple champions were crowned in other Games settings that would all add up to total one of the best years that this sport has ever seen.

So, in order to wrap up the year and gear up for what is also going to be a momentous and epic 2016, we write an ode to 2015 and share the top 15 best of 2015 moments from the year.

Starting things off is the European Triathlon Championship win by Frenchman David Hauss in Geneva in July. After a solid swim and maintaining his place within a 20-man pack during the bike, Hauss seized his ETU title after a blistering breakaway run. His performance granted him his first ETU crown and gave him the momentum to go on to also claim the gold in the 4X Mixed Relay race two days later.

And while winning in Geneva twice was impressive and surely worth a “Best of” spot in our countdown, what really makes Hauss’ victories remarkable was that he won both titles barefoot - without shoes!

And the reason for running the final leg barefoot? Did he have comfort issues with his shoes? Did he not want to waste a few precious seconds on his transition time? Did he not like the look of his shoes that day? Nope! He just wanted to. He thought it would be fun, simple as that!

Related Event: 2015 Geneva ETU Triathlon European Championships
09 - 12 Jul, 2015 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Women
1. Nicola Spirig SUI 02:07:15
2. Annamaria Mazzetti ITA 02:08:14
3. Ainhoa Murua Zubizarreta ESP 02:09:16
4. Vendula Frintova CZE 02:09:45
5. Lucy Hall GBR 02:09:59
Results: Elite Men
1. David Hauss FRA 01:52:55
2. Sven Riederer SUI 01:53:13
3. Kristian Blummenfelt NOR 01:53:16
4. Richard Varga SVK 01:53:20
5. Thomas Bishop GBR 01:53:22
Results: Junior Women
1. Laura Lindemann GER 01:04:06
2. Jeanne Lehair FRA 01:04:42
3. Lena Meißner GER 01:04:50
4. Lisa Tertsch GER 01:04:52
5. Emilie Morier FRA 01:05:09
Results: Junior Men
1. Lasse Lührs GER 00:57:41
2. Ignacio Gonzalez Garcia ESP 00:57:42
3. Ben Dijkstra GBR 00:57:42
4. Maxime Hueber-Moosbrugger FRA 00:57:42
5. Léo Bergere FRA 00:57:44
Results: Mixed Relay
1. Team I France FRA 01:25:21
2. Team I Switzerland SUI 01:25:30
3. Team I Great Britain GBR 01:25:31
4. Team I Russia RUS 01:27:04
5. Team I Italy ITA 01:27:10
Results: Mixed Junior Relay
1. Team I France FRA 01:28:37
2. Team I Germany GER 01:28:59
3. Team I Denmark DEN 01:29:14
4. Team I Italy ITA 01:29:33
5. Team I Switzerland SUI 01:29:54
Results: Women's PT1
1. Rita Cuccuru H1 ITA 01:21:22
2. Eva María Moral Pedrero H1 ESP 01:29:38
Results: Men's PT1
1. Jetze Plat H2 NED 00:54:08
2. Phil Hogg H1 GBR 00:59:47
3. Giovanni Achenza H1 ITA 01:01:21
4. Joseph Townsend H2 GBR 01:03:05
5. Markus Hausling GER 01:05:59
Results: Women's PT2
1. Saskia Van Den Ouden NED 01:21:04
2. Liisa Lilja FIN 01:26:56
3. Rakel Mateo Uriarte ESP 01:31:40
4. Veronika Gabitova RUS 01:40:43
DNF. Elise Marc FRA DNS
Results: Men's PT2
1. Vasilii Egorov RUS 01:06:14
2. Stephane Bahier FRA 01:06:50
3. Michele Ferrarin ITA 01:09:09
4. Andrew Lewis GBR 01:09:28
5. Stefan Loesler GER 01:10:08
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