With a short break from World Triathlon Series and World Cup action, focus switched to continental championships and cup races this weekend. South Africa brought home a colorful array of medals from Agadir at the ATU Triathlon African Championships, while junior Europeans claimed their first titles of the season.
2013 Agadir ATU Triathlon African Championships
South Africa swept both the men’s and women’s podiums at the ATU African Championships this weekend. Despite exiting the water more than a minute down on the leaders, Gillian Sanders posted an impressive bike leg and even stronger run to earn the continental title. Anel Radford led the contingency of women on the swim, but her head start slipped away from her on the run. Radford finished as the runner up, while Carlyn Fischer rounded out the podium in third.
Henri Schoeman, who recently broke into the top 10 in a World Triathlon Series race in Yokohama, claimed the men’s African Championships title with a wire to wire win. Schoeman and Junior World Champion Wian Sullwald went head for head until they hit the run, when Schoeman gained an insurmountable lead, leaving Sullwald with silver. Wikus Weber also stayed with the leaders until the run, when he faded slightly behind for bronze. Click here for results.
2013 Brno ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup
Hungarian duo David Pap and Zsanett Horvath won their first European titles of the season as they claimed gold at the ETU Junior European Cup in Brno. The Junior athletes of Hungary dominated this race, with Istvan Kiraly and Dora Fuchs also claiming podium places.
In a race of firsts, Ivona Miklosova (SVK) and Dora Fuchs (HUN) also secured their first career podiums with 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the women’s race. Alexey Kalistratov (RUS) and Istvan Kiraly (HUN) completed the men’s podium with 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Click here for full results.
All European updates courtesy of David Peddie.