Kiwis dominate Aquathlon World Championships

by Erin Greene on 27 Aug, 2014 09:34 • Español
The first champions of the week were crowned on Wednesday at the Aquathlon World Championships, which kicked off action at the TransCanada Corp. World Triathlon Grand Final Edmonton. New Zealand...

The first champions of the week were crowned on Wednesday at the Aquathlon World Championships, which kicked off action at the TransCanada Corp. World Triathlon Grand Final Edmonton. New Zealand dominated the events, winning the women’s elite and junior titles, as well as the men’s junior division. Japan also enjoyed a successful day, with Yuichi Hosoda and Ryousuke Yamamoto finishing 1-2 in the men’s elite race.

The USA’s Tommy Zaferes executed a swift swim on the one-lap 750m course, but his 10-second lead wasn’t enough to ward off the Japanese. Hosoda took the lead after the first of two run laps and managed to hang on to the top spot through the finish line.

“I thought this aquathlon is very, very good for swim practice for me,” Hosoda said. “This is a different kind of swimming with a diving start. It was a good running session for me. I’m looking forward to this weekend. I’m very happy.”

Teammate Ryosuke Yamamoto took off after Hosoda for silver while bronze was left for Ukraine’s Yegor Martynenko with the second-fastest run split of the day. Alessio Fioravanti (ITA) was the fastest man in the U23 category, while Kyle Smith (NZL) took top honours in the men’s junior race.

In the women’s race, it was Great Britain’s Hannah Kitchen that headed for transition first, but Anneke Jenkins (NZL) surprised the experienced aquathlon field when she sprinted past them on the two-lap run for gold. Last year’s bronze medal winner Yuliya Yelistratova (UKR) upgraded to a silver, while Kitchen took third.

“It was good, I really enjoyed,” Jenkins said. “It’s a good warmup, I had to do some hard training today. It’s good to do the swim. I got lost twice coming out of the swim, so it’s good to get those things out of the way.”

Ivana Kuriackova (UKR) won the women’s U23 division, while New Zealand’s Jaimee Leader won the women’s junior category.

In the para-aquathlon races, Hungary’s Peter Boronkay was the first athlete to cross the finish line, clenching the first world title of the World Championship events in the men’s PT4 sport class. Alejandro Sanchez Palomero (ESP) won the men’s PT3 division, while reigning triathlon World Champion Melissa Reid (GBR) added an aquathlon world championship title to her name in the women’s PT5.

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27 Aug, 2014 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Yuichi Hosoda JPN 00:24:18
2. Ryosuke Yamamoto JPN 00:24:49
3. Yegor Martynenko UKR 00:24:54
4. Tommy Zaferes USA 00:25:35
5. Neil Eddy GBR 00:25:58
Results: Elite Women
1. Anneke Jenkins NZL 00:27:26
2. Yuliya Yelistratova UKR 00:27:52
3. Hannah Kitchen GBR 00:28:09
4. Daria Pletikapa CRO 00:28:49
5. Ivana Kuriackova SVK 00:29:52
Results: Junior Men
1. Kyle Smith NZL 00:26:11
2. Pedro Apud BRA 00:28:31
3. Yago Alves BRA 00:28:58
4. Rikigoro Shinozuka MAS 00:29:44
5. Icaro Melo BRA 00:34:34
Results: Junior Women
1. Jaimee Leader NZL 00:30:36
2. Vittoria Lopes BRA 00:31:32
3. Beatriz Dumet BRA 00:33:25
4. Hannáh Mota BRA 00:36:17
5. Taynara Bonetti Da Silveira BRA 00:40:44
Results: U23 Men
1. Alessio Fioravanti ITA 00:27:54
Results: U23 Women
1. Ivana Kuriackova SVK 00:29:52
2. Oleksandra Kokhan UKR 00:29:58
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