Eilat Pre-Race Press Conference Highlights

by Nicola Hargreaves on 19 Apr, 2012 04:36

The 2012 Eilat ETU Triathlon European Championships welcomed Javier Gomez (ESP), Emmie Charayron (FRA), Joao Silva (POR), Fanny Beisaron (ISR) and Ron Darmon (ISR) for the pre-race press conference. Nicola Spirig (SUI) was also on hand to comment on the coming race.

Javier Gomez
On Eilat being his first big race of the season in this Olympic year:
“This is a special year because of the Olympic Games, but I have no specific goals just to have a good race and test my level at the moment. Of course when you are out there you want to win and try to give your best like everyone, but I don’t feel any pressure about that. Right now my main goal is to perform well in London.
I’m very excited to be in Israel, it’s my first time in this country and I heard a lot about this race in past years so I hope I can enjoy it and have a good one.”

Emmie Charayron
On hopes of defending her European Championship title:
“This will be my first race of the season so it’s difficult to start with a European Championships. It’s not the main goal of my season, but my winter was good, I worked hard and did a good job so I hope that I will do my best in Eilat.”

Joao Silva
On hopes for the Eilat European Championships:
“First of all I don’t have great expectations for the race, but I will try to do by best for the Portuguese team and get the maximum points here. I would like to say that I’m really happy to be here, this is my fourth time in Eilat. I won my first ETU triathlon race here some years ago so I’m really happy that Eilat can hold such a big race as the European Championships this year.”

Nicola Spirig
On her strong start to the 2012 season:
“Training has been going well and the first two races this year went well for me, so I have high expectations. I was two-time European champion and I couldn’t start last year because I was injured so of course I’m hoping for a good race and I will do everything to win my title back even though that will be really difficult.
I’m already qualified for the Olympics but European Championships has almost meant a lot to me and if I could get European Champion for the third time, that would be like a dream come true.”

Ron Darmon
On his hopes for the race and racing in front of a home crowd:
“This is my first year competing as an elite triathlete comes out of juniors so at the moment I’m just coming to experience and keep learning and trying to nail the 10k run is my main goal for the race. Obviously it’s a home crowd so I’m really happy that this is my first race as an elite and I’m just hoping to enjoy the crowd and environment and go hard.”

Fanny Beisaron
On her preparations for the event:
“I’ve been working really hard for the past couple of months. I am more of a natural swimmer so I have been working hard on the bike and run so I want to prove to myself that I can really go out hard this time.”

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Related Event: 2012 Eilat ETU Triathlon European Championships
20 - 22 Apr, 2012 • event pageall results
Results: Junior Women
1. Georgia Taylor-Brown GBR 01:02:47
2. Leonie Periault FRA 01:02:53
3. Sarah Wilm GER 01:03:02
4. Sophie Coldwell GBR 01:03:12
5. Renáta Fuchs HUN 01:03:13
Results: Junior Men
1. Matthias Steinwandter ITA 00:56:16
2. Delian Stateff ITA 00:56:19
3. Kristian Blummenfelt NOR 00:56:20
4. Simon Viain FRA 00:56:31
5. Dorian Coninx FRA 00:56:38
Results: 75-79 Male AG Sprint
1. Tony Shrimpton GBR 01:41:38
2. Aado Liblikman EST 02:06:05
3. Uri Eliav ISR 02:39:11
DNS. Boris Kirillov RUS DNS
Results: 70-74 Male AG Sprint
1. Barry Johnson GBR 01:34:08
2. George Vargha GBR 01:38:05
3. Gennady Rozhkov RUS 01:39:38
4. Lolo Talmor ISR 01:46:34
5. Dan Dvoskin ISR 02:23:58
Results: 65-69 Male AG Sprint
1. Michael Smallwood GBR 01:16:52
2. Nikolay Kopchenkin RUS 01:29:02
3. Don Hutchinson GBR 01:30:55
4. David Bondi ISR 01:43:12
5. Aharon Edrey ISR 01:48:17
Results: 65-69 Female AG Sprint
1. Peggy Crome GBR 01:53:23
2. Susie Dvoskin ISR 02:07:52
Results: 60-64 Male AG Sprint
1. James Chisholm GBR 01:21:17
2. Michael Goddard GBR 01:21:23
3. Robert Thornton GBR 01:23:03
4. Allan Wilson GBR 01:25:20
5. Moshe Hajbi ISR 01:29:19
Results: 60-64 Female AG Sprint
1. Barbara Walton GBR 01:32:16
2. Elaine Scott GBR 01:35:27
3. Christine O'Reilly GBR 01:37:15
4. Tova Kedar ISR 02:02:38
Results: 55-59 Male AG Sprint
1. Birger Frederiksen DEN 01:08:33
2. Peter Zoller GER 01:11:25
3. Michel Darras FRA 01:12:32
4. Iskandar Shakhov RUS 01:13:14
5. Richard Dunbabin GBR 01:17:41
Results: 55-59 Female AG Sprint
1. Joanna Lewis GBR 01:35:12
2. Alison Vessey GBR 01:35:54
3. Ester Mysner ISR 01:38:01
4. Julie Williams GBR 01:38:14
5. Sandy Kramer ISR 01:43:00
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