Domenica inizia il programma del Triathlon ai Giochi Olimpici Giovanili di Buenos Aires (Arg). Gli Azzurrini impegnati agli YOG 2018 sono Chiara Lobba (Triathlon Rari Nantes Marostica) e Alessio Crociani (Triathlon Team Riccione): i due atleti hanno conquistato questa importante opportunità nella prova di qualificazione continentale di Banyoles in cui Chiara si è imposta nella prova femminile e Alessio si è classificato 5°. A supporto del team italiano c'è il tecnico Tommaso Dusi.
PROGRAMMA (ora locale, in Italia + 5 ore)
7 ottobre - Gara Donne, ore 11
8 ottobre - Gara Uomini, ore 11
11 ottobre - Mixed Relay, ore 11
Young triathlon stars from all over the world ready to change the Games
ixty-four young triathletes from all five continents are ready to take the stage this weekend in the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, where everything is ready for the third edition of the Youth Olympic Games. The Women’s race will take place on Sunday October 7th and the Men’s on October 8th, while the Mixed Relay will fill Buenos Aires with excitement and fast and furios action on Thursday.
Four years later, in 2014, it was British rising star Ben Dijkstra and Australian Brittany Dutton who went home with the gold medal in the Nanjing Youth Olympics. In the Men’s race, Daniel Hoy (NZL) earned the silver medal and the bronze was for Emil Deleuran Hansen (DEN), while on the women’s race Stephanie Jenks (USA) finished in second place and French Emilie Morier in third.
The Triathlon Competition at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games
Ines Rico from Portugal comes into the line-up wearing number 11 in the Youth Olympics, but the winner of the third place in the European qualifier is used to be on the podiums, after an early season silver in Quarteira on home soil and was part of the victorious Portuguese team in the Junior Mixed Relay in Tartu. Russian Alevtina Stetsenko, along with Libby Coleman (GBR) and Germany’s Marie Hornshould also be considered. Being one of the greatest runners in the field, chances of Coleman finishing in the podium are quite high.
But the Europeans should keep an eye on one of the strongest contendents this year in Buenos Aires: Maryhelen “Parker” Albright (USA). At only 16 years of age, Albright not only won her qualif¡yer event in Salinas (Ecuador), but is also a standout cross country runner. Albright is a two-time USA Triathlon Youth Elite national champion, winning the title in 2016 and 2017, and she placed second at the 2018 USA Triathlon Junior Elite National Championships, which marked her first Nationals at the junior elite level.
Representing Australia will be another of the favourites to be on the podium this Sunday, Charlotte Derbyshire, with some experience at the international level after competing only a few weeks ago in the Junior World Championships held in her hometown, Gold Coast. Along with her will be Kiwi Brea Roderick, ready to rock at the Games after only three years of competing in triathlon events.
Emma Ada Middleditch, from Singapore; Amber Schlebusch (RSA) and Maram Elsalamoney (EGY) will also try to grab an Olympic medabecomingh the advantage of knowing that they won their respective Qualifyer events thisbecomingn.
Athletes from Venezuela, Cuba, Hong Kong or Granada will have the chance of become role models on their respective countries just by participating in the Youth Olympics, a goal not easy to achieve, proving once more that triathlon suits all ages and conditions.
The Europeans will have a strong team competing in the Youth Olympics, with some strong names within the younger athletes, like Portugal’s Alexandre Montez -third in Banyoles and second in the Loutraki ETU Triathlon Youth European Championships Festival- or the Hungarian Gergely Kiss, one of the newest incorporation to the strong squad of young hungarians. Eyes should also be set on Calum Young (GBR), part of a group of about six British boys who are all really strong prospects for the future. Spaniard Igor Bellido has been training hard with some other Spaniard older triathletes in the last months, which also puts him in the pack of the ones to watch.
Andrew Shellenberger (USA) is one of the athletes that has been doing triathlons for longer, since he did his first swim-bike-run when he was only four years old. He is also a standout swimmer, which gives him the condition of one of the favourites to continue the great performance that USA triathletes have shown at the Youth Olympics. Mexican hope, Javier Antonio De La Peña Schott, can also be considered as will be Aussie Joshua Ferris and Canadian Solen Wood.
The Men’s race will be a great opportunity to see some athletes competing from countries that not always have the chance of participate in the Olympics, such as Syria, with Zakaria Alkarrat; Aruba with Giannon Lisandro Eights or the Virgin Islands, with Dominic Pugliese. For all of them, just competing at the Youth Olympics is a great step towards the development of triathlon in their own countries, and also a great chance for them to live the amazing experience of competing at the Olympics.
Mixed Relay Competition
Composition of teams is based on the results of the individual competitions. Team 1 will be composed of the first ranked woman, first ranked man, second ranked woman and second ranked man for that continent. The remaining athletes will go into a world team. Start order within each team will be announced at the briefing to take place two days before the relay competition.
(fonte: comunicato stampa ITU)