Germany wins European Championship Mixed Relay title

by David Peddie on 16 Jun, 2013 03:56 • Español
Germany wins European Championship Mixed Relay title

The juggernaut that is the German Mixed Relay team added another European Championship relay gold medal to their collection with victory in Alanya. The 2011 winners, and 2012 runners up, claimed another title after a strong team performance from Anja Knapp, Jonathan Zipf, Rebecca Robisch and Sebastian Rank. Robisch was on the winning side in 2011 and Knapp was involved in Eilat last year.

Alexander Bruykhankov brought home the Russian team for the silver medal with Irina Abysova, Dmitry Polyanskiy and Alexandra Razarenova. Alice Betto, Alessandro Fabian, Annamaria Mazzetti and Davide Uccellari claimed the bronze medal for Italy.

Just as she did in the elite race on Friday, Carolina Routier (ESP) was first up for Spain and led the field out of the water. Margrit Vanek (HUN) followed quickly and Knapp was third out of the water for Germany.

A lead group of ten athletes grouped together after the first bike lap, led by Betto and including European Champion Rachel Klamer, Jess Harrison (FRA) and Ece Bakici keeping pace for Turkey.

Harrison, Klamer and Vanek made a breakaway halfway through the run and after maintaining their pace it was Klamer who passed onto Bas Diederen to give the Dutch the lead going into the second leg.
Harrison passed onto Pierre Le Corre and Gabor Faldum followed him into the water with a lead of twenty seconds over those chasing.

The lead group of three stayed together on the bike but the chase pack including Danylo Sapunov (UKR), Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS), Jonathan Zipf (GER) and Alessandro Fabian (ITA) were giving chase and cutting the lead.

Pierre Le Corre continued to look strong on the run and he broke away to build up a gap of ten seconds before passing onto Emmie Charayron. Shulgina, Mazzetti and Robisch followed one after the other into the water.

Razarenova gave a scintillating performance out on the course and the Russian really went for it. After entering the water in 5th place she had caught up with the leaders by the end of the first bike lap. She then continued to push the pace and built up a lead of twenty seconds on leaving T2.

Perhaps she pushed too hard as it was Mazzetti and Robisch who finished the run neck and neck and handed over to Uccellari and Rank. Razarenova came home in third as Bruykhankov took over and Luis picked up for France very much still in contention.

Rank, Uccellari and Bruykhankov led together around the bike course but a smooth transition gave Rank the advantage and he was composed on the run to deliver gold for Germany. Bruykhankov and Uccellari enjoyed a battle for second before the Russian pulled away on the final stretch to win the silver medal.

The victorious German team said their success in relay comes down to hard work and team spirit. “It was really great, the race was perfect for us,” said Knapp.

“It was a great race, it is always the team spirit from the Germans that make us so strong,” said Zipf.

Anchor man Sebastian Rank said: “I felt really strong during the whole race. It was hard to find a little gap but I had ten seconds on the run and I knew I could do it.

“I think it’s the team spirit and everybody fights for each other which makes us so strong and it is good for German triathlon.”


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Related Event: 2013 Alanya ETU Triathlon European Championships
14 - 16 Jun, 2013 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Ivan Vasiliev RUS 01:42:09
2. Alessandro Fabian ITA 01:42:16
3. Mario Mola ESP 01:42:22
4. Maximilian Schwetz GER 01:42:42
5. Vincent Luis FRA 01:42:48
Results: Elite Women
1. Rachel Klamer NED 01:55:43
2. Vicky Holland GBR 01:55:45
3. Vendula Frintova CZE 01:55:53
4. Annamaria Mazzetti ITA 01:56:03
5. Oleksandra Kokhan UKR 01:56:15
Results: Junior Men
1. Dorian Coninx FRA 00:52:40
2. Raphael Montoya FRA 00:52:59
3. Marc Austin GBR 00:53:05
4. Gordon Benson GBR 00:53:09
5. David Luis POR 00:53:11
Results: Junior Women
1. Georgia Taylor-Brown GBR 00:58:46
2. Laura Lindemann GER 00:59:03
3. Angelica Olmo ITA 00:59:11
4. Lotte Miller NOR 00:59:14
5. Leonie Periault FRA 00:59:23
Results: Mixed Relay
1. Team I Germany GER 01:32:05
2. Team I Russia RUS 01:32:25
3. Team I Italy ITA 01:32:29
4. Team I France FRA 01:33:21
5. Team I Hungary HUN 01:34:05
Results: Mixed Junior Relay
1. Team I Great Britain GBR 01:34:18
2. Team I France FRA 01:34:38
3. Team I Germany GER 01:34:46
4. Team I Italy ITA 01:36:36
5. Team I Portugal POR 01:36:46
Results: Paratriathlon Male TRI-1
1. Phil Hogg H1 GBR 01:05:55
2. Francesc Sola Garcia ESP 01:07:44
3. Joseph Townsend H2 GBR 01:12:34
4. Markus Hausling GER 01:17:02
5. Jörg Walden GER 01:23:35
Results: Paratriathlon Female TRI-1
1. Jane Egan GBR 01:30:53
Results: Paratriathlon Male TRI-2
1. Stefan Loesler GER 01:16:38
2. Andrea Devicenzi ITA 01:27:17
3. Giovanni Sasso ITA 01:28:18
4. Vladimir Solodovnikov RUS 01:42:39
DSQ. Christian Troger AUT 00:00:00
Results: Paratriathlon Male TRI-3
1. Michele Ferrarin ITA 01:09:05
2. Steven Judge GBR 01:10:18
3. Artem Zakharov RUS 01:12:50
4. Geoffrey Wersy FRA 01:16:27
5. Raphaël Chaussin FRA 01:26:48
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