Spirig wins 3rd European Champs
Written by: Timothy Carlson
Date: Fri Apr 20 2012
Spirig, who previously won this title in 2009 and 2010, found an extra gear down the stretch and left her Spanish rival behind at the line Ė as she had done last weekend to take 5th while Murua finished 6th at the Sydney round of the ITU World Triathlon Series.
Spirig finished in 2:07:11 with a 9 seconds margin of victory over runner-up Murua, and a 43 seconds margin over 3rd place finisher Emmie Charayron of France.
Spirig came out of the water in 9th, 21 seconds back of leader Lucy Hallís race-best 19:38, and 3 seconds ahead of Murua and 1 second ahead of Charayron.
On the bike, 11 women including Spirig quickly formed a lead pack which included Murua, Charayron, Jess Harrison, Camilla Pedersen, Helle Frederiksen, Vanessa Raw, and Vendula Frintova. By the end of the bike, they had a 2 minute advantage and none of the chasers had enough run speed to contend.
Spirig initially lost ground when she dropped a shoe coming into T2, but quickly recovered to start the run in third behind Jess Harrison and Murua and just ahead of Frederiksen. On the second lap of the run, Sprig and Murua broke free of Charayron, who had opened up ground in front of Harrison. On the last corner of the final lap, a few hundred yards from the finish, Spirig polished off Murua and took the win.
"I felt good on the run,Ē Spirig told ETU media. ďMy training has been going amazing and thatís how it should feel in a race and Iím just extremely happy. It was same sprint with Murua last week in Sydney and I won. We were discussing that and I told her that I am good in a sprint and I will beat you every time. She knew she had to get rid of me before the finish, and the closer we got to the finish line, the more nervous she became.Ē
Murua told ETU media that she agreed: ďI knew that Nicola, she has a very strong final run. I tried to go hard, on the last lap, pushing and pushing hard but I couldnít get past. But after two years of finishing 4th, today I'm 2nd and it has been a really nice race and Iím very happy."
Defending European womenís champion Charayron finished third but was not dismayed. ďI felt tired because it is my first race of the season. I couldnít defend my title because I am not fit enough. But to finish behind Nicola and Ainhoa, itís a very good race and Iím very pleased."
ETU European Championships
20 April 2012
S 1.5k / B 40k / R 10k
1. Nicola Spirig (SUI) 2:07:11
2. Ainhoa Murua (ESP) 2:07:20
3. Emmie Charayron (FRA) 2:07:56
4. Jessica Harrison (FRA) 2:08:27
5. Vendula Frintova (CZE) 2:09:00
6. Agnieszka Jerzyk (POL) 2:09:23
7. Helle Frederiksen (DEN) 2:09:34
8. Irina Abysova (RUS) 2:09:52
9. Yuliya Yelistratova (UKR) 2:10:00
10. Carole Peon (FRA) 2:10:04
On the eve of Israman, a full and half Iron distance triathlon in the southernmost point of Israel, some 1,100 hundred athletes are ready for the challenge . 1.24.13
Ivan Vasiliev of Russia topped Alessandro Fabian of Italy by 7 seconds and Rachel Klamer of the Netherlands edged Vicky Holland of Great Britain by 2 seconds to take the elite titles at the ETU European Championships. 6.15.13
Alistair Brownlee battled back from a flat to take his second consecutive European Championships, just ahead of his brother Jonathan; Emmie Charayron of France runs away from the womenís field 6.25.11
Alistair Brownlee is back to his dominating 2009 form as he crushes the menís field at Athlone; Nicola Spirig wins her second ETU European Championship in a row and second major event in a month. 7.05.10