Team Germany claims gold in Elite Mixed Relay

By Masa Takaya | 26 Jun, 2011

Germany returned to the top of the stadium for a final win at the 2011 ETU European Championships in Pontevedra, claiming gold in the dynamic elite mix relay event. The win, coming from Rebecca Robisch, Franz Losche, Sarah Fladung and Gregory Bucholz, gave Germany its third gold medal of the championships.

For the majority of the relay, Germany, Hungary and Italy battled for the win, jockeying back and forth in the No. 1 spot in each leg. However, as is the unpredictable nature of team triathlon, Ukraine made a tremendous last ditch effort to podium, claiming second place, while Italy grabbed third Hungary fell to fifth. Russia nabbed the fourth spot with a valiant final leg.

“It is a great team result for us (at all of European Championships),” Robisch said. “We are very happy. Relay is very important for us. We are looking forward to Lausanne. We are European champs and we want to be world champs.”

Lead athlete Robisch quickly positioned her teammates at the front of the pack with solid swim and bike splits. As the second fastest runner on the course at the time, Robisch and Hungarian lead Zsofia Kovacs switched off to their team members at the same time.

Franz Losche took over for Germany, fighting off Hungary’s Akos Vanek with a speedy 2km run. However, Germany gained a new threat in Italy’s Allesandro Fabian, who sliced through the water to go shoulder-to-shoulder with the men. Losched owned a slight lead in the hand-off to partner Fladung, but Fladung confused the way to the water, allowing Hungary and Italy to pass her.

Charlotte Bonin gave hope to the Italian team momentarily with a smoking bike segment, but Bonin had nothing left in the thank to match Ukraine’s Yuliya Yelistratova run time. Ukraine, who was hovering in fourth place, took over the lead heading into the anchor, followed by Italy and Germany.

The deciding factor didn’t come down until the final run when Bucholz unleashed fury on the final lap of the run to leave Italy behind. Yegor Marynenko of Ukraine strained to maintain Bucholz’s speed, but couldn’t keep up in the final 200 meters, giving the win to Germany, while Ukraine took the silver and Italy settled for bronze.

In the Junior Team Relay, the first German team led the race until 2011 Junior European Champion Justus Nieschlag forgot to remove his helmet in T2, causing him to run back to his bike and return all equipment. The mistake allowed several teams to run ahead of him.

While Nieschlag recovered to second place by the end of his leg to trail behind Hungary, it was Great Britain’s Lucy Hall who proved to be the game changer in the event. A strong swimmer in a pivotal relay position, she exited the 300km swim with an insurmountable lead. Hall continued to increase her lead on the bike and run, giving her final teammate a healthy lead.

Great Britain held their top spot heading into the final 2km run, but with less distance. In the end, Marc Austin managed to hold off Germany’s second team and Belgium for the win. Germany’s second team claimed silver, while Belgium took third.

“I didn’t want to let anyone down. The guys gave me such a big lead. I just smashed it all the way. I just thought about crossing the line.”

2011 Pontevedra ETU Triathlon European Championships - 26 June 2011
Final Results - Elite Team (4 x Mixed Relay) - Official
Format: (Swim 300m, Bike 8km, Run 2km) x 4 Athletes

Gold - Germany Team I 1:38:10  
Silver - Ukraine Team I 1:38:11
Bronze - Italy Team I 1:38:20
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Final Results - Junior Team (4 x Mixed Relay) - Official
Format: (Swim 300m, Bike 8km, Run 2km) x 4 Athletes

Gold - United Kingdom Team I 1:41:04  
Silver - Germany Team II 1:41:13
Bronze - Belgium Team I 1:41:21
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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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