Six superb semis set up mouth-watering finals day in Tiszaujvaros

by Doug Gray on 07 Jul, 2018 06:33 • Español
Six superb semis set up mouth-watering finals day in Tiszaujvaros

On a balmy Saturday afternoon in Tiszaujvaros, six sprint triathlons – three women’s and three men’s – filled the streets of Hungary’s home of triathlon, to decide the names that would compete in Sunday’s finals, and it was Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat who set the pace from the off. Leading all the way from the first strokes of the first swim, Jeffcoat set the fastest time of all three women’s semis to win in 59:07, ahead of home favourite Zsofia Kovacs, who will be desperately keen for a first Tiszy podium finish, and Germany’s Anabel Knoll.

Zsanett Bragmeyer also qualified for the hosts, finishing third behind Italy’s Ilaria Zane and Poland’s Roksana Slupek in semi-final three. That was after an imperious display from Sophie Coldwell (GBR), Taylor Knibb (USA) and Melanie Santos (POR) saw the trio cross the line together well ahead of a chasing pack that included Japan’s experienced Juri Ide and Spain’s Anna Godoy Contreras.

In the first of the three men’s races of the day, it was Aurelien Raphael (FRA) and Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS) - winner here in 2016 - who were once again fastest in the swim, but Hungary’s Tamas Toth delivered a brilliant bike ride and solid run to cross the line with the Russian, Brazil’s Manoel Messias and Mexico’s Rodrigo Gonzalez also among the qualifiers.

Another Hungarian, 2017 Tiszy World Cup winner Bence Bicsak, took control of the second men’s semi, one which saw Anthony Pujades of France and GB’s Chris Perham also deliver assured performances on route to a final.

The day’s biggest thrills were saved for last, however, as half the field from semi-final three poured out of T2 as one. It was Canada’s powerful Matthew Sharpe who was able to keep his nose ahead of the pack, Switzerland’s Fridelance and Faldum of Hungary also securing all-important top-nine places in a frantic dash for the line.

All of the day’s semi-final results can be seen here.
See the line-ups for Sunday’s finals here.


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Related Event: 2018 Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup
07 - 08 Jul, 2018 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Gregory Barnaby ITA 00:55:00
DNF. Matthew Sharpe CAN DNF
DNF. Bence Bicsák HUN DNF
DNF. Tamás Tóth HUN DNF
DNF. Sylvain Fridelance SUI DNF
Results: Elite Women
1. Sophie Coldwell GBR 00:59:02
2. Melanie Santos POR 00:59:18
3. Chelsea Burns USA 00:59:28
4. Emma Jeffcoat AUS 00:59:31
5. Anna Godoy Contreras ESP 00:59:34
Results: Semifinal 1 Elite Men
1. Tamás Tóth HUN 00:52:39
2. Dmitry Polyanskiy RUS 00:52:39
3. Manoel Messias BRA 00:52:40
4. Maximilian Schwetz GER 00:52:40
5. Felipe Barraza CHI 00:52:41
Results: Semifinal 2 Elite Men
1. Bence Bicsák HUN 00:52:27
2. Jørgen Gundersen NOR 00:52:39
3. Anthony Pujades FRA 00:52:39
4. Christopher Perham GBR 00:52:49
5. Antonio Serrat Seoane ESP 00:52:55
Results: Semifinal 3 Elite Men
1. Matthew Sharpe CAN 00:52:09
2. Sylvain Fridelance SUI 00:52:10
3. Vasco Vilaca POR 00:52:10
4. Csongor Lehmann HUN 00:52:11
5. Samuel Dickinson GBR 00:52:11
Results: Semifinal 1 Elite Women
1. Emma Jeffcoat AUS 00:59:17
2. Zsófia Kovács HUN 00:59:29
3. Anabel Knoll GER 00:59:36
4. Alessia Orla ITA 00:59:38
5. Tamsyn Moana-Veale AUS 00:59:41
Results: Semifinal 2 Elite Women
1. Sophie Coldwell GBR 00:59:36
2. Taylor Knibb USA 00:59:36
3. Melanie Santos POR 00:59:37
4. Juri Ide JPN 01:00:16
5. Giorgia Priarone ITA 01:00:17
Results: Semifinal 3 Elite Women
1. Roksana Slupek POL 00:59:13
2. Ilaria Zane ITA 00:59:19
3. Zsanett Bragmayer HUN 00:59:25
4. Sara Perez Sala ESP 00:59:26
5. Margot Garabedian FRA 00:59:28
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