I primi titoli della rassegna iridata di triathlon, sono andati la scorsa notte ad Edmonton (Can) alla tedesca Laura Lindeman ed al francese Raphael Montoya.
Doppietta transalpina sul podio femminile con argento e bronzo vinti rispettivamente da Cassandre Beaugrand e da Audrey Merle, così come in quella maschile due medaglie sono andate all’Australia che ha piazzato al secondo e terzo e posto i suoi atleti Jacob Birtwhistl e Calvin Quirk.
Purtroppo per le nostre italiane junior in gara una 17^ posizione di classifica andata ad Angelica Olmo (Pianeta Acqua) e della 26^ di Giulia Sforza (Atletica Bellinzago):la loro prova è stata compromessa dall’iniziale frazione di nuoto, che le ha subito tagliate fuori dalle posizioni di testa e dalla possibilità di recupero.
Oggi seconda giornata di gare iridate di triathlon ad Edmonton: dalle 16.45 sarà la volta della categoria under23, con i nostri Matthias Steinwandter (CS.Carabinieri), Delian Stateff (Minerva Roma) e Andrea De Ponti (Friesian Team).
Dalle ore 20.00 prende il via la gara femminile Elite, con le due azzurre portacolori delle Fiamme Oro, Alice Betto e Anna Maria Mazzetti e Charlotte Bonin (GS.Fiamme Azzurre).
A chiudere la lunga giornata di gare mondiali sarà il Paratriathlon, il cui programma agonistico prende il via alle ore alle ore 23.30: occhi puntati su Rita Cuccuru PT1 (Padova Triathlon Duathlon), Giovanni Achenza PT1 (Padova Triathlon Duathlon), Michele Ferrarin PT2 (CSS Coordinamento Servizi per lo Sport), Giovanni Sasso PT2 (Team Cicliscotto Ischia), Alessio Borgato PT3 (Padova Nuoto Triathlon), Irene Riviera PT4 (Padova Nuoto Triathlon)
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France and Germany grab 2014 Junior World Championship titles in Edmonton
Edmonton, Canada (29 August 2014) - France and Germany grabbed the first World Championship titles available on the docket France and Germany grab 2014 Junior World Championship titles in Edmonton on Friday in the men's and women's junior races. After scoring a European crown earlier this summer, Laura Lindemann (GER) added the title of world's fastest junior to her medal stockpile. Raphael Montoya (FRA), who was also the European junior men's champion this year, avenged a missed 2013 podium to win the junior men's World Championship event in sprint finish.
In addition to the junior races, thousands of age groupers turned out to compete in the Age Group Sprint World Championships. Notably amongst the top finishes was eight-time elite World Championship medallist Michellie Jones (AUS). The 1992 & 1993 Elite World Champion won her 45-49 women's age group by nearly three minutes in a time that beat every single woman that competed in age group competition on Friday.
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Junior Women's Review
Laura Lindemann (GER) capped off her fairytale season in Edmonton when she upgraded her 2013 bronze medal for gold in the women's Junior World Championship race at the Grand Final Edmonton. In a near case of 2014 European Championships dejavu, Lindemann just edged out France's dynamic duo ofAudrey Merle and Cassandre Beaugrand for the title. While Beaugrand took bronze at the European event, she out sprinted teammate Merle on Friday to snatch silver, leaving Merle to finish third.
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2014 ITU Junior Women's World Championships - 29 August
Final Results - Junior Women - 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run
Junior Men's Review
In a thrilling finish that came down to the wire in Edmonton, France's Raphael Montoya (FRA) clinched the 2014 ITU Junior Men's World Championship on Friday. The 2014 European Champion was well placed in the 750m swim and 20km bike leg but he produced a personal best 5km run split to out sprint Australia's Jacob Birtwhistle (AUS) by the narrowest or margins. Fellow Australian Calvin Quirk (AUS) also produced a personal best performance to run himself into the bronze. Click here for the full review
2014 ITU Junior Men's World Championships - 29 August
Final Results - Junior Men - 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run
Age Group Sprint Review
At the end of the day the top three countries on the medal tally are the US with 20, Australia with 10 and Canada with 7. The day also saw Panama's first ever Age Group World Championship medal earned when Maria Florencia Frage of the 30-34 age group earned bronze. Namibia also earned its first ever medal with silver from Matthew James Williams in the men's 35-39 division.
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Check out all the results from today here.
The TransCanada Corp. World Triathlon Grand Final Edmonton continues tomorrow with the Under23 men, elite women, and paratriathlon races. For more information, including full schedules and live race day coverage, visit www.triathlon.org