Tartu hosts European Paratriathlon showdown

by Adam Bailey for the IPC on 19 Jul, 2018 08:05 • Español
Tartu hosts European Paratriathlon showdown

Europe’s top Paratriathletes will go head-to-head for continental titles, as the European Championships get underway on Thursday 19 July in Tartu, Estonia.

Here are the top contenders in each category:


Two new European champions will be crowned in both the men’s and women’s PTWC categories with defending champions Jetze Plat of the Netherlands and Great Britain’s Jade Jones not competing in Estonia.

Plat’s compatriot Geert Schipper could ensure the title stays in Dutch hands. The world silver medallist will be aiming to go one better than his second-place finishes in this year’s World Series events in Yokohama, Japan, and Iseo, Italy.

Great Britain’s world bronze medallist Joseph Townsend is likely to be Schipper’s closest challenger following his Commonwealth Games gold in April.

In the women’s equivalent, the favourites include Spain’s Eva Maria Moral Pedrero, who has been a regular on the international podium since taking up the sport in 2014. Netherlands’ Margret Ijdema and France’s Mona Francis could also pick up the first European medals of their Para triathlon careers.


Great Britain’s Andrew Lewis will be hoping to bounce back after suffering his first defeat in three years at June’s Besancon World Cup. The Paralympic, world and European champion will have to hold off the challenge of Besancon winner Stephane Bahier of France if he is to retain his title.

There will be a new champion in the women’s event with Finland’s Liisa Lilja choosing not to defend her title. Great Britain’s Fran Brown is a major contender, having finished second to Lilja at last year’s Europeans, while Spain’s Rakel Mateo Uriarte and Italy’s Veronica Yoko Plebani will also try to take advantage of the champion’s absence.


World and European champion Daniel Molina of Spain is unbeaten in his last six international triathlons. But Great Britain’s Ryan Taylor, Spain’s Joaquin Carrasco and Germany’s Max Gelhaar are likely to provide strong competition.

France’s Elise Marc is the only entrant in the women’s event.


The men’s event will be one of the most competitive races of the Championships with France’s Alexis Hanquinquant starting as defending champion. The world champion is not in the best of form though, having finished off the podium for the first time in two years in Iseo.

Great Britain’s Worlds silver medallist Steven Crowley is likely Hanquinquant’s main challenger. But Spain’s Alejandro Sanchez Palomero, Russia’s Mikhail Kolmakov and Austria’s Oliver Dreier have all been victorious in 2018.

Defending champion Cassie Cava, formerly of Great Britain but now competing under the International Triathlon Union flag, faces competition from British athlete Hannah Moore in the women’s event.


Germany’s defending champion Martin Schulz will hope to continue his successful comeback from injury, having won World Cup events in Eton Dorney, Great Britain, and Besancon, France.

Spain’s world silver medallist Jairo Ruiz Lopez and France’s Yannick Bourseaux are also ones to watch.

In the women’s event, five-time European champion Lauren Steadman of Great Britain has won all three of her races this season. But her compatriot Claire Cashmore and France’s Gwladys Lemoussu will also challenge for the title.


Great Britain’s Dave Ellis is the dominant force in men’s vison impaired triathlon, while Spain’s Hector Catala Laparra and Ukraine’s Vasyl Zakrevskyi are also likely to be in contention.

Spain’s world silver medallist Susana Rodriguez is in-form having claimed two wins and a silver medal in the women’s event already this season. But Great Britain’s Alison Patrick also arrives in Estonia on the back of two wins so expect a tight contest.

Related Event: 2018 Tartu ETU Triathlon European Championships
19 - 22 Jul, 2018 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Richard Varga SVK 00:53:07
2. Uxio Abuin Ares ESP 00:53:18
3. Roberto Sanchez Mantecon ESP 00:53:19
4. Constantine Doherty IRL 00:53:20
5. Frantisek Linduska CZE 00:53:23
Results: Elite Women
1. Sophie Coldwell GBR 00:58:32
2. Alexandra Razarenova RUS 00:58:52
3. Kaidi Kivioja EST 00:58:54
4. Lena Meißner GER 00:59:00
5. Olivia Mathias GBR 00:59:02
Results: Junior Men
1. Vetle Bergsvik Thorn NOR 00:53:59
2. Tim Hellwig GER 00:54:07
3. Csongor Lehmann HUN 00:54:16
4. Ricardo Batista POR 00:54:21
5. Maxime Fluri SUI 00:54:24
Results: Junior Women
1. Pauline Landron FRA 01:00:25
2. Magdalena Früh AUT 01:00:45
3. Jessica Fullagar FRA 01:00:49
4. Roksana Slupek POL 01:01:01
5. Erin Wallace GBR 01:01:09
Results: Mixed Junior Relay
1. Team I Portugal POR 01:18:24
2. Team I Germany GER 01:18:32
3. Team I France FRA 01:18:40
4. Team I Russia RUS 01:18:45
5. Team I Hungary HUN 01:18:46
Results: PTWC Men
1. Geert Schipper H2 NED 01:03:11
2. Joseph Townsend H2 GBR 01:04:27
3. Giovanni Achenza H1 ITA 01:04:54
4. Alexandre Paviza H1 FRA 01:05:40
5. Florian Brungraber H2 AUT 01:06:01
Results: PTWC Women
1. Eva María Moral Pedrero H1 ESP 01:21:26
2. Margret Ijdema H1 NED 01:26:19
3. Mona Francis H2 FRA 01:28:48
Results: PTS2 Men
1. Maurits Morsink NED 01:07:55
2. Andrew Lewis GBR 01:08:47
3. Lionel Morales ESP 01:10:06
4. Jules Ribstein FRA 01:10:42
5. Vasilii Egorov RUS 01:10:48
Results: PTS2 Women
1. Fran Brown GBR 01:21:24
2. Rakel Mateo Uriarte ESP 01:25:59
3. Veronica Yoko Plebani ITA 01:28:15
4. Veronika Gabitova RUS 01:34:28
Results: PTS3 Men
1. Daniel Molina ESP 01:09:37
2. Ryan Taylor GBR 01:09:39
3. Victor Chebotarev RUS 01:14:12
4. Max Gelhaar GER 01:15:32
5. Joaquin Carrasco ESP 01:21:15
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