Emmie Charayron (FRA) claims first European Championship title

By Masa Takaya | 25 Jun, 2011

Emmie Charayron (FRA) once again reigned supreme as a European champion, this time in the women’s elite division at the 2011 ETU European Triathlon Championships. While Charayron won the 2009 Junior European Championships, she failed to medal last year as a competitor in the elite division.

However, she changed that this year with a beastly run to win the elite title with more than a minute run to spare. The French woman even had time to slow down to pick up her country’s flag and give a few high five’s along the way.

“I’m very, very, very happy,” Charyron said. “It was very good to race here. It was a very hard race because it was hot, I am very pleased to win. I remember my first junior title and I wanted to do the same here.”

Early on in the race, top swimmers Sarissa De Vries (NED), Margit Vanek (HUN), Jodie Stimpson (GBR), Hollie Avil (GBR) and Aileen Morrison (IRL) looked to make a break on the bike, but were shortly caught by the chase groups. Although Charayron was nearly a minute down after the swim portion of the race, she pushed the pace of the second chase group to catch the lead pack after three laps on the bike.

The two chase groups fused into a large pack of more than 30 athletes to make up a heavy lead pack. Throughout the bike, it was anybody’s game, as the women played a giant game of cat and mouse, each jostling for positions in the front of the pack. The bike portion saw no less than fiver different leaders in it’s eight-lap course.

Mateja Simic (SLO) looked to be a strong contender for a podium position, as one of the most consistent athletes in the swim and bike segments. Despite coming out first in T2, it didn’t take long for her to be overtaken. Charyron wasted no time in unleashing her speed on the run, quickly demolishing the competition.

After the first lap, Charyron owned a 20-second lead, a pace which she maintained throughout the run. By the halfway-mark, she owned a 40-second advantage. She managed to increase her distance even more, running smoothly to a comfortable minute and a half win.

“I was in the second group out of the water, but we rode so hard to catch up,” Charyron said. “On the run, I felt very good and it was amazing”

Midway through the run, with Charayron out of sight, it became clear the race was for a podium position between Ainhoa Murua (ESP), Vendula Frintova (CZE), Annamaria Mazzetti (ITA). While Mazzetti rode strong in the lead pack, she battled back from a six-second deficit after the first lap to join the chase run group.

The three ran together through the final turn, when Fritova and Mazzetti switched into high gear and sprinted towards the finish, leaving Murua behind. Going stride for stride, Frintova found some extra strength in the final 100 meters to sail past Mazzetti for the silver.

“I didn’t want to finish fourth,” Mazzetti said. “I wanted a medal. To finish third is a great result.
I am very happy. In the winter, when I was training, I was dreaming of this race – the European Championships. I am very happy.”

Related Event: 2011 Pontevedra ETU Triathlon European Championships
24 - Jun, 2011 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Alistair Brownlee GBR 01:48:48
2. Jonathan Brownlee GBR 01:48:55
3. Dmitry Polyanskiy RUS 01:50:09
4. Mario Mola ESP 01:50:16
5. Alessandro Fabian ITA 01:50:23
6. Joao Pereira POR 01:50:39
7. Laurent Vidal FRA 01:50:53
8. Danylo Sapunov UKR 01:50:55
9. Tony Moulai FRA 01:51:02
10. Yegor Martynenko UKR 01:51:03
Results: Elite Women
1. Emmie Charayron FRA 02:04:00
2. Vendula Frintova CZE 02:05:27
3. Annamaria Mazzetti ITA 02:05:28
4. Ainhoa Murua Zubizarreta ESP 02:05:40
5. Yuliya Yelistratova UKR 02:06:10
6. Marina Damlaimcourt ESP 02:06:21
7. Zsófia Kovács HUN 02:06:22
8. Sarah Fladung GER 02:06:27
9. Helle Frederiksen DEN 02:06:29
10. Jodie Stimpson GBR 02:06:41
Results: Junior Men
1. Justus Nieschlag GER 00:59:09
2. Jelle Geens BEL 00:59:11
3. Matthias Steinwandter ITA 00:59:14
4. Martin Debnar CZE 00:59:16
5. Raphael Montoya FRA 00:59:22
6. Renning Elischer GER 00:59:28
7. Delian Stateff ITA 00:59:29
8. Simon Viain FRA 00:59:39
9. Kristian Blummenfelt NOR 00:59:42
10. Bob Haller LUX 00:59:46
Results: Junior Women
1. Hanna Philippin GER 01:05:42
2. Eszter Dudás HUN 01:06:00
3. Eszter Pap HUN 01:06:01
4. Elena Maria Petrini ITA 01:06:07
5. Annika Vössing GER 01:06:08
6. Monika Orazem SLO 01:06:25
7. Sara Vilic AUT 01:06:31
8. Melina Alonso Aradas ESP 01:06:41
9. Lucy Hall GBR 01:06:46
10. Marlene Gomez-Islinger GER 01:06:53
Results: Mixed Relay
1. Team I Germany GER 01:38:10
2. Team I Ukraine UKR 01:38:11
3. Team I Italy ITA 01:38:20
4. Team I Russia RUS 01:39:17
5. Team I Hungary HUN 01:39:23
6. Team I Poland POL 01:40:49
7. Team I Spain ESP 01:41:09
8. Team I Portugal POR 01:41:35
9. Team II Russia RUS 01:42:17
DNF. Team I Czech Republic CZE 00:00:00
Results: Mixed Junior Relay
1. Team I Great Britain GBR 01:41:04
2. Team II Germany GER 01:41:13
3. Team I Belgium BEL 01:41:21
4. Team I Hungary HUN 01:41:40
5. Team I Germany GER 01:42:02
6. Team I Italy ITA 01:42:09
7. Team I Russia RUS 01:42:29
8. Team II Hungary HUN 01:42:49
9. Team I Czech Republic CZE 01:43:07
10. Team I Portugal POR 01:43:28
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