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: 30-34 Female AG Sprint
1. Danica Bonello Spiteri MLT 01:14:07
2. Maria Hivner GER 01:14:56
3. Céline Dupuis SUI 01:15:43
4. Margaret Seguna MLT 01:16:36
5. Claire Coey GBR 01:17:16
Results: 30-34 Male AG
1. Jérôme Blanc FRA 01:57:13
2. James Travers GBR 01:59:59
3. Felix Saur GER 02:00:01
4. Luca Bertaccini ITA 02:00:36
5. David Roper GBR 02:02:06
Results: 30-34 Male AG Sprint
1. Isacco Andrenucci ITA 01:05:44
2. Wolfgang Mangold AUT 01:07:05
3. Thomas Thalhammer AUT 01:07:06
4. Alan O'Brien IRL 01:08:43
5. Scott Wardman GBR 01:09:21
Results: 35-39 Female AG
1. Franzisca Widmer SUI 02:11:15
2. Sylvia Gehnböck AUT 02:13:16
3. Franziska Fleck GER 02:14:03
4. Gunhild Berntsen NOR 02:18:59
5. Anja Kobs GER 02:19:10
Results: 35-39 Female AG Sprint
1. Sylvia Gehnböck AUT 00:20:16
2. Elizabeth Bullivant GBR 00:20:13
3. Franziska Fleck GER 00:20:03
4. Rachel Beck SUI 00:20:29
5. Anja Kobs GER 00:19:37
Results: 35-39 Male AG
1. Chris Standidge GBR 02:00:28
2. Olivier Oesterle FRA 02:01:07
3. Richard Munday GBR 02:02:40
4. Daniel Künzi SUI 02:02:50
5. Martin Welti SUI 02:04:25
Results: 35-39 Male AG Sprint
1. Daniel Künzi SUI 01:07:38
2. James M Wilson GBR 01:07:40
3. Michael Dalmasso FRA 01:08:40
4. Stefan Leitner AUT 01:09:08
5. Uwe Ebner AUT 01:09:15
Results: 40-44 Female AG
1. Sandra Patt SUI 02:11:43
2. Louise Croxson GBR 02:16:57
3. Kai Sachtleber GER 02:17:47
4. Samantha Boswell GBR 02:18:02
5. Nicole Gaillard SUI 02:21:35
Results: 40-44 Female AG Sprint
1. Gwen Kinsey GBR 01:13:21
2. Tanya Brightwell GBR 01:15:45
3. Lena Poulton GBR 01:16:45
4. Kai Sachtleber GER 01:17:26
5. Celia Miall GBR 01:20:06
Results: 40-44 Male AG
1. Bruno Pasqualini ITA 01:59:56
2. Xavier Tupet FRA 02:00:09
3. Bruno Invernizzi SUI 02:00:42
4. Mitja Mori SLO 02:01:50
5. Martin Jessup GBR 02:04:19
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