Eilat Pre-Race Press Conference Highlights

By Nicola Hargreaves | 19 Apr, 2012

The 2012 Eilat ETU Triathlon European Championships welcomed Javier Gomez (ESP), Emmie Charayron (FRA), Joao Silva (POR), Fanny Beisaron (ISR) and Ron Darmon (ISR) for the pre-race press conference. Nicola Spirig (SUI) was also on hand to comment on the coming race.

Javier Gomez
On Eilat being his first big race of the season in this Olympic year:
“This is a special year because of the Olympic Games, but I have no specific goals just to have a good race and test my level at the moment. Of course when you are out there you want to win and try to give your best like everyone, but I don’t feel any pressure about that. Right now my main goal is to perform well in London.
I’m very excited to be in Israel, it’s my first time in this country and I heard a lot about this race in past years so I hope I can enjoy it and have a good one.”

Emmie Charayron
On hopes of defending her European Championship title:
“This will be my first race of the season so it’s difficult to start with a European Championships. It’s not the main goal of my season, but my winter was good, I worked hard and did a good job so I hope that I will do my best in Eilat.”

Joao Silva
On hopes for the Eilat European Championships:
“First of all I don’t have great expectations for the race, but I will try to do by best for the Portuguese team and get the maximum points here. I would like to say that I’m really happy to be here, this is my fourth time in Eilat. I won my first ETU triathlon race here some years ago so I’m really happy that Eilat can hold such a big race as the European Championships this year.”

Nicola Spirig
On her strong start to the 2012 season:
“Training has been going well and the first two races this year went well for me, so I have high expectations. I was two-time European champion and I couldn’t start last year because I was injured so of course I’m hoping for a good race and I will do everything to win my title back even though that will be really difficult.
I’m already qualified for the Olympics but European Championships has almost meant a lot to me and if I could get European Champion for the third time, that would be like a dream come true.”

Ron Darmon
On his hopes for the race and racing in front of a home crowd:
“This is my first year competing as an elite triathlete comes out of juniors so at the moment I’m just coming to experience and keep learning and trying to nail the 10k run is my main goal for the race. Obviously it’s a home crowd so I’m really happy that this is my first race as an elite and I’m just hoping to enjoy the crowd and environment and go hard.”

Fanny Beisaron
On her preparations for the event:
“I’ve been working really hard for the past couple of months. I am more of a natural swimmer so I have been working hard on the bike and run so I want to prove to myself that I can really go out hard this time.”



Related Event: 2012 Eilat ETU Triathlon European Championships
20 - Apr, 2012 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Javier Gomez Noya ESP 01:55:48
2. Alexander Bryukhankov RUS 01:56:08
3. Ivan Vasiliev RUS 01:56:42
4. Tony Moulai FRA 01:56:47
5. Alessandro Fabian ITA 01:56:48
6. Mario Mola ESP 01:56:52
7. Franz Loeschke GER 01:56:57
8. Dmitry Polyanskiy RUS 01:57:06
9. Aaron Harris GBR 01:57:09
10. Aurelien Raphael FRA 01:57:13
Results: Elite Women
1. Nicola Spirig SUI 02:07:11
2. Ainhoa Murua Zubizarreta ESP 02:07:20
3. Emmie Charayron FRA 02:07:56
4. Jessica Harrison FRA 02:08:27
5. Vendula Frintova CZE 02:09:00
6. Agnieszka Jerzyk POL 02:09:23
7. Helle Frederiksen DEN 02:09:34
8. Irina Abysova RUS 02:09:52
9. Yuliya Yelistratova UKR 02:10:00
10. Carole Peon FRA 02:10:04
Results: Junior Men
1. Matthias Steinwandter ITA 00:56:16
2. Delian Stateff ITA 00:56:19
3. Kristian Blummenfelt NOR 00:56:20
4. Simon Viain FRA 00:56:31
5. Dorian Coninx FRA 00:56:38
6. Dávid Pap HUN 00:56:40
7. Amitai Yonah ISR 00:56:40
8. Yohan Saby FRA 00:56:43
9. Bob Haller LUX 00:56:47
10. Nan Oliveras ESP 00:56:53
Results: Junior Women
1. Georgia Taylor-Brown GBR 01:02:47
2. Leonie Periault FRA 01:02:53
3. Sarah Wilm GER 01:03:02
4. Sophie Coldwell GBR 01:03:12
5. Renáta Fuchs HUN 01:03:13
6. Suse Werner GER 01:03:20
7. Luisa Condeço POR 01:03:21
8. Monika Orazem SLO 01:03:21
9. Charlotte Deldaele BEL 01:03:23
10. Lisa Schanung ITA 01:03:24
Results: Mixed Relay
1. Team I Denmark DEN 01:11:54
2. Team I Germany GER 01:12:22
3. Team I Hungary HUN 01:12:59
4. Team I Poland POL 01:13:20
5. Team I Russia RUS 01:14:02
6. Team I Spain ESP 01:14:11
7. Team I Ukraine UKR 01:15:45
DNF. Team II Ukraine UKR 01:15:51
Results: Mixed Junior Relay
1. Team I Italy ITA 01:12:19
2. Team I France FRA 01:12:24
3. Team I Russia RUS 01:12:28
4. Team I Great Britain GBR 01:12:29
5. Team I Portugal POR 01:12:40
6. Team I Belgium BEL 01:13:43
7. Team I Germany GER 01:13:43
8. Team II Hungary HUN 01:14:37
9. Team I Netherlands NED 01:15:33
10. Team I Slovenia SLO 01:16:12
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