Mixed Relay steals the show in Geneva

by Erin Greene on 13 Jul, 2015 10:04 • Español

Mixed Relay stole the show at the 2015 ETU European Championships in Geneva when it came down to a sprint finish between France, Switzerland and Great Britain with France edging its competitors out by a narrow nine seconds.

Great Britain got started with a bang when Commonwealth Games Mixed Relay gold medallist Jodie Stimpson secured her woman-man-woman-man team a lead. While Italy’s Annamaria Mazzetti and Hungary’s Margit Vanek managed to stay with Stimpson, that would change when the women changed over to the first man.

Matthew Sharp took over the responsibility of keeping Great Britain out front, but France’s Simon Viain got France back into fighting position after the team suffered a 40-second deficit following the first competitor. Despite having the fastest split of the second leg, Great Britain remained out in front.

However, with the European Champion Nicola Spirig took over for the Swiss team, Spirig sprinted out a time 10 seconds faster than anyone else to edge Switzerland closer to the top. Her performance was no match for Lucy Hall (GBR) or Sara Dossena (ITA), making the race suddenly anybody’s for the taking.

France capitalized on their new spot ahead to catapult into the lead with men’s European Champion David Hauss as the anchor. Just as he did in the individual race, a shoe-less Hauss hauled it home with a stunning final run leg, keeping Switzerland’s Sven Riederer and Great Britain’s Thomas Bishop at bay long enough to steal him in 1:25:21.

Just meters behind, Bishop and Riederer sprinted it out in a battle down the finish line. With a roaring Swiss crowd on its feet to bring him home, Riederer outpaced Bishop to clench silver by just a second in 1:25:30, leaving bronze for the Brits in 1:25:31.

The ITU Mixed Relay World Championships will be contested this weekend in Hamburg on Sunday.

Related Event: 2015 Geneva ETU Triathlon European Championships
09 - 12 Jul, 2015 • event pageall results
Results: 16-19 Male AG Sprint
1. Lars Holenweger SUI 01:04:45
2. Simon Weber GER 01:05:23
3. Pierre Moraz SUI 01:05:41
4. Alexandre Picard SUI 01:05:55
5. Joshua Jones GBR 01:06:23
Results: 18-19 Male AG
1. Titas Pumputis LTU 02:02:21
2. Sebastian Kuhn GER 02:04:27
3. Harry Preston GBR 02:06:55
4. James Kershaw GBR 02:13:52
5. Jacob Anson GBR 02:16:23
Results: 20-24 Female AG
1. Désirée Gmür SUI 02:07:48
2. Alice Jenkins GBR 02:08:04
3. Hannah Johnston GBR 02:09:59
4. Nina Derron SUI 02:11:02
5. Hannah Cutajar MLT 02:15:31
Results: 20-24 Female AG Sprint
1. Malgorzata Wasik POL 01:11:34
2. Imogen Simmonds GBR 01:13:15
3. Hannah Cutajar MLT 01:16:08
4. Celine Senia FRA 01:16:57
5. Elle Twentyman GBR 01:17:00
Results: 20-24 Male AG
1. Luke Pollard GBR 01:56:08
2. Thomas Davis GBR 01:57:32
3. Jordan Skelly GBR 01:59:28
4. Fraser Rounds GBR 02:00:51
5. Manuel Sainjon FRA 02:00:53
Results: 20-24 Male AG Sprint
1. Nicklas Røssner DEN 01:04:21
2. James Phillips GBR 01:05:33
3. Marcel Pachteu AUT 01:05:54
4. Kristian Trier DEN 01:06:32
5. Christian Tschudi SUI 01:06:43
Results: 25-29 Female AG
1. Carmen Bucher SUI 02:11:49
2. Hannah Lord GBR 02:13:00
3. Hazel MacLeod GBR 02:15:03
4. Katherine De Rome GBR 02:18:24
5. Jessica Earp GBR 02:18:52
Results: 25-29 Female AG Sprint
1. Anna Seymour GBR 01:13:59
2. Michelle Willcocks GBR 01:14:43
3. Steffi Duss-Schärer SUI 01:15:34
4. Lydia Bencic AUT 01:16:51
5. Desirée Wagner SUI 01:17:04
Results: 25-29 Male AG
1. David Bill SUI 01:57:23
2. Michael Birchmore GBR 01:58:50
3. Iain Gillam GBR 01:58:57
4. Daniel Jenkin GBR 01:59:12
5. Jean Risser FRA 01:59:21
Results: 25-29 Male AG Sprint
1. Edward Castro GBR 01:06:31
2. Bjarke Andreasen DEN 01:06:51
3. Pascal Frieder SUI 01:06:58
4. Benjamin Ueltschi SUI 01:07:24
5. Kristian Rød NOR 01:07:48
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