Youth Olympic Games medallists favourites to take Junior World Championships

by Merryn Sherwood on 05 Sep, 2011 12:54 • Español

They are just starting out in their international careers, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep a close eye on the talent in this year’s Junior ITU World Championships. With Youth Olympic Games medallists and previous Junior World Championships medallists in the field, both junior races are set to be excellent in Beijing.

The ITU Junior World Championships are decided over the sprint distance, with a 750m swim, 20km ride and 5km run. The age cut-off for the junior category is 19.

Junior Women Preview
With 2010 world champion Ashleigh Gentle not racing, there are a host of inaugural Youth Olympic Games medallists who will be aiming to come to Beijing and win in 2011.

While they were still one year below the cut-off in Budapest last year, the medallists from Singapore’s Games are now one year older, more experienced and likely to feature on the medal table at the worlds in 2011.

American Kelly Whitley claimed bronze in the individual and team event in Singapore and then almost made the podium in Budapest, finishing fourth and will be a big chance. As will Eszter Dudas was part of the team triathlon gold medal winning Singapore team and claimed silver at the 2011 European Youth Championships. Fanny Beisaron (ISR), has been part of the ITU Development programme this year and also gained valuable World Cup and World Series experience. European Youth Champion Hanna Philippin (GER) will also race, as will European bronze medallist Eszter Pap (HUN).

But British youngster Lucy Hall will have gained confidence after her star swim performances in two recent Dextro Energy Triathlon Series rounds, Hamburg and Lausanne. Hall exited first in both, rode solo for a while in Hamburg before coming back in the group and in Lausanne, rode with current world No.1 Helen Jenkins before falling back into the chase group. Hall ended up finished 32nd in the elite women’s field in that sprint distance race in Lausanne.

Others to watch for include Maddie Dillon (NZL), another Singapore Youth Olympics alum, who will wear number one in the junior women’s race, as well as Ellen Pennock, the Canadian who took the Pan American Junior Championship in Edmonton in July.  Tamsyn Moana-Veale will also be a strong contender.  The Aussie has won a Junior European Cup in Germany earlier this year and last month finished an impressive ninth in her World Cup debut at Tiszaujvaros.

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Junior Men Preview
Singapore Youth Olympic Games medallists again look to be some of the favourites in the junior men’s race, with gold medallist Aaron Barclay (NZL) and bronze medallist Alois Knabl (AUT) both competing, but the one who might have the most influence is the one from last year’s podium that isn’t competing.

Singapore silver medallist and Budapest bronze medallist Kevin McDowell will not compete after undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but his American teammate Lukas Verzbicas has said he wants to win for him. Verzbicas was poised to take up a promising college athletics career before McDowell was diagnosed early in 2011 and he then decided that he would race one more year in triathlon, with an aim to win the gold medal that he was sure McDowell would have won.

Other names to watch for include ITU Development athlete Ron Darmon who finished fifth in the junior men’s world title race last year, South African Wian Sullwald who is coming off a third place in the elite men’s race at the All Africa Games in Mozambique and current European Youth Champion Justus Nieschlag.

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The first 2011 ITU Junior World Championships will be decided when the junior women race at 10.45am (local time) on Saturday 10 September. The junior men’s race is the final competition of the 2011 Grand Final Beijing, when they start at 4.15pm on Sunday 11 September.  Follow on Twitter at

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09 - 11 Sep, 2011 • event pageall results
Results: U23 Women
1. Agnieszka Jerzyk POL 02:07:07
2. Zsófia Kovács HUN 02:07:08
3. Rebecca Robisch GER 02:07:14
4. Kaitlin Donner USA 02:07:18
5. Yuliya Yelistratova UKR 02:07:30
Results: U23 Men
1. Matthew Sharp GBR 01:52:12
2. David Mcnamee GBR 01:52:17
3. Thomas Bishop GBR 01:52:19
4. Greg Billington USA 01:52:38
5. Franz Loeschke GER 01:53:01
Results: Junior Women
1. Mikayla Nielsen NZL 01:03:40
2. Ashlee Bailie AUS 01:03:42
3. Hanna Philippin GER 01:03:47
4. Eszter Pap HUN 01:04:02
5. Kelly Whitley USA 01:04:12
Results: Junior Men
1. Lukas Verzbicas USA 00:56:21
2. Justus Nieschlag GER 00:56:54
3. Tony Smoragiewicz USA 00:56:59
4. Ron Darmon ISR 00:57:06
5. Matt Brown AUS 00:57:11
Results: Elite Women
1. Andrea Hansen NZL 01:58:26
2. Helen Jenkins GBR 01:58:40
3. Melanie Hauss SUI 01:58:58
4. Lisa Norden SWE 01:59:00
5. Laura Bennett USA 01:59:02
Results: Elite Men
1. Alistair Brownlee GBR 01:48:07
2. Sven Riederer SUI 01:48:14
3. Jonathan Brownlee GBR 01:48:17
4. Dmitry Polyanskiy RUS 01:48:20
5. Laurent Vidal FRA 01:48:24
Results: 80-84 Male AG Sprint
1. Sidney Ingerman CAN 02:50:21
Results: 75-79 Male AG Sprint
1. L.waldo Leggett USA 02:05:02
2. John Anthony Marriott CAN 02:24:07
DSQ. Boris Kirillov RUS DSQ
Results: 70-74 Male AG Sprint
1. Marshall Wakat USA 01:33:00
2. Gennady Rojkov RUS 01:43:04
3. Peter Smith AUS 01:45:44
4. John Bennetts AUS 01:47:06
5. Charlie Barnes CAN 01:58:24
Results: 70-74 Female AG Sprint
1. Gayla Chambers USA 01:58:29
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