Mondiali di Winter Triathlon, la stagione conclude con la medaglia d'argenteo Under23 vinto dall'azzurro Michael Obrist, 4° Antonioli, 4° lo junior Cheraz e 9^ Giuliana Lamastra
La stagione del Winter Triathlon si è chiusa sabato 26 marzo con il Campionato del Mondo disputato in Finlandia a Jamijarvi, con un'altra medaglia d'argento per la nazionale italiana, vinta dall'azzurro Under23, Michael Obrist (KSV Triathlon), che si aggiunge al palmares dell'atleta, all'altro argento vinto nella rassegna europea a Ostersund in Svezia.
Per l'elite Daniel Antonioli, un quarto posto ai piedi del podio, alle spalle vincitore iridato il russo Andreev Pavel - che termina la sua stagione da grande protagonista, sia in campo continentale che mondiale - e degli altri due, la medaglia d'argento Arne Post (Nor) e la medaglia di Bronzo Andrea Svanebo (Swe). Sempre nella graduatoria elite maschile, agli altri azzurri Walter Polla (T.Alto Adige) ed Alberto Comazzi (Friesian Team) sono andate rispettivamente la 15^ e 16^ posizione.
Tra le donne, neocampionessa iridata è la norvegese Lovset, mentre l'azzurra Giuliana Lamastra (Trisport) ha tagliato il traguardo 9^.
Nella gara junior, vinta dal russo Yakimov Pavel, il giovane Davide Cheraz (Trisport) ha conseguito il 4° posto.
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Andreev (RUS) and Lovset (NOR) win 2011 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships
It was a race of firsts as European champions Pavel Andreev and Borghild Lovset capped stellar seasons to win their first World Championships at the first ITU World Championships in Finland.
"My whole year was focused for this event and I felt very strong inside today."
Pavel Andreev, 2011 Winter Triathlon World Champion
The small town of Jämijärvi, 250km north east of Finnish capital Helsinki, was the idyllic setting for the Winter Triathlon World Championships. Elites, U23, juniors and 79 Age Group athletes contested the season finale in beautiful conditions with clear skies, gusty winds and temperatures of minus ten Celsius.
The Elite and U23 men kicked off the event, and it was a highly anticipated battle between defending world champion Andreas Svanebo, the ever improving and current European champ Pavel Andreev, two-time world champions Sigi Bauer and Arne Post and consistent performer Italian Daniel Antonioli.
At the end of the 6km two-lap run Andreev, Kuzmin and Lavrentyev entered transition with a slim lead over a chase group of eight athletes. The chase included all the pre-race favourites, apart from Bauer who had dropped over a minute back.
Andreev and U23 athlete Kuzmin pushed hard together on the bike for the first lap of four, dropping Lavrentyev. From here Andreev seized the initiative and broke away to lead by 80 seconds coming into T2. Kuzmin dropped back to the chase pack of Svanebo, Rothberger and Sigi Bauer who pushed hard during the bike to move back into contention.
Andreev lead for the entire ski but did well to hold off the fast moving Norwegian Post who obliterated the field moving from ninth to second, but narrowly failed to catch Andreev at the line.
"The pressure during the ski from Post and Svanebo was really big. I was ready for a sprint finish if necessary, but at the end I was just able to do enough. My whole year was focused for this event and I felt very strong inside today."
Young gun Maxim Kuzmin of Russia hung on to come fourth overall and took out the U23 World title by over 2 minutes.
"In the second half of the run I started to be a little sceptic about my possibilities, but once on the bike and I started to pass I felt more comfortable."
Borghild Løvset, 2011 Winter Triathlon World Champion
In the women's race home favourite Maija Oravamaki thrilled the fans with an exciting lead at the end of the run. Oravamaki was followed into T1 by a group of five including favourite Sarka Grabmullrova of the Czech Republic as well as US athlete Emma Garrard.
During the bike discipline Oravamaki slipped down to third with Norwegian Løvset powering through the filed from eigth to lead by a whopping three-minutes coming into T2. Grabmullerova positioned herself well after the bike in second but was unable to put a large dent in Løvset's lead.
Løvset hung on to win her first World title, Grabmullerova second and Oravamaki third to the delight of the fans.
"The race was excellent and the athletes were happy. In Jämijärvi we were able to see the simplicity of Nordic design applied to our event"
Marisol Casado, ITU President
"I am not satisfied with my run." said Løvset after the race. "I am not a strong runner, but coming into the bike I saw more women in front of me that I thought before the race. In the second half of the run I started to be a little sceptic about my possibilities, but once on the bike and I started to pass I felt more comfortable. When I took the lead I could not relax. I did my best on the bike and on the ski and only on the very last ski lap was I was convinced I would win."
ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado was in attendance to crown the new champions and was full of praise for the local organising committee, who had to deal with some particularly difficult weather conditions in the days leading up to the event. "The race was excellent and the athletes were happy. In Jämijärvi we were able to see the simplicity of Nordic design applied to our event" said President Casado.
1. Pavel Andreev RUS RU 01:10:31
2. Arne Post NOR NO 01:10:37 3.1
Andreas Svanebo SWE SE 01:10:50
4. Daniel Antonioli ITA IT 01:10:58
5. Sigi Bauer AUT AT 01:11:39
6. Markus Rothberger AUT AT 01:11:43
7. Brian Smith USA US 01:12:13
8. Kristian Monsen NOR NO 01:12:29
9. Evgeny Kirillov RUS RU 01:12:36
10. Pavel Arkhipkin RUS RU 01:13:16
1. Borghild Løvset NOR NO 01:22:02
2. Sarka Grabmullerova CZE CZ 01:24:35
3. Maija Oravamäki FIN FI 01:25:25
4. Yulia Surikova RUS RU 01:25:57
5. Eva Skalnikova CZE CZ 01:26:00
6. Tatiana Charochkina RUS RU 01:26:43
7. Emma Garrard USA US 01:27:20
8. Ksenia Chernykh RUS RU 01:27:32
9. Giuliana Lamastra ITA IT 01:33:17
10. Monica Saez ESP ES 01:35:08