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Aquathlon World Champs Results

Varga victorious at Aquathlon World Champs for a fourth time and Russia ruled the day in the women’s race.

The ITU Aquathlon World Championships kicked off a week of action at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago on Wednesday with elite, paratriathlon, junior, U23 and age groupers racing over a 750m swim and 5km run. Slovakia’s Richard Varga, who will race later this week in the men’s elite triathlon, stole the show as he scored his fourth career Aquathlon World Championship title.

The ITU Aquathlon World Championships kicked off a week of action at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago on Wednesday with elite, paratriathlon, junior, U23 and age groupers racing over a 750m swim and 5km run. Slovakia’s Richard Varga, who will race later this week in the men’s elite triathlon, stole the show as he scored his fourth career Aquathlon World Championship title.

Men’s Review

Richard Varga swam and ran his way to an impressive fourth multisport World Championship title when he beat out tough competition in Igor Polyanskiy by just seven seconds in 25:42.

Featuring a deep start list that also included Tommy Zaferes (USA) and 2014 Aquathlon World Champ silver medallist Ryouske Yamamoto (JPN), third place when to USA’s Matthew Mcelroy when he blew past compatriot Zaferes on the run, splitting a fiery 14:38 over the 5km course.

“I didn’t expect it would be that easy today, I thought it would be much harder because the field was pretty strong, as you can see with Polyanskiy and Mcelroy,” Varga said. “So I thought they all would give me a struggle, but I feel really good today, on the run especially. So I am really happy that I could win today.”

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Women’s Review

Russia ruled the day in the women’s race with strong swimmer Anastasia Abrosimova clocking in first followed by teammate Elena Danilova. Abrosimova set the pace on the one-lap 750m swim along with compatriot Anastasia Gorbunova and Great Britain’s Hannah Kitchen. But the pair couldn’t hang on to Abrosimova’s blistering tempo on the run and fell behind. Instead it was Danilova that kicked into turbo to pick off women until she ran herself into second place, follow by Long Hoi (MAC) in third.

U23 Races

Ben Sayles collected the first gold medal for Canada when he won the Under23 men’s Aquathlon World Championship by more than a minute of Egypt’s Mohamed Elsaied and Mohamed Khaled. The only two competitors in the women’s category, Joselyn Brea (VEN) went home the women’s U23 gold medallist by more than eight minutes while Brazil’s Tamyres Domingos took silver.

Junior Races

Croatia scored the women’s junior race. Elisabetta Vitasovic led from line to line followed by teammate Chiara Perusko to take home the clear gold and silver while Fatma Hagras of Egypt rounded out the podium.
For the men, it was Yhousman Perdomo of Venezuela narrowly besting Russia’s Yaroslav Potanin for the Gold, followed by Croatia’s Luka Paliska with the bronze.

Paratriathlon

The Paratriathlon Aquathlon World Championships saw a number of athletes crowned the fastest athlete to swim and run including Brian Martin (CAN), Daniel Molina (ESP), Joel Rosinbum (USA), Daniel Llambrich Gabriel (ESP), Kerry Large (GBR) and Melissa Reid (GBR).

“It is awesome to have a World Championship, I am so excited, I fought that one hard,” Martin said. “Everything was great on the swim, I was cruising down the first gate and made the first 180 degree turn, and I think I just hit the front tire too hard against the ground, so my spokes went out so I had to wheelie in the rest of the last 3km.”

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Elite Men

1. Richard Varga SVK SK 00:25:42
2. Igor Polyanskiy RUS RU 00:25:49
3. Matthew Mcelroy USA US 00:25:58
4. Tommy Zaferes USA US 00:26:48
5. Nick Karwoski USA US 00:27:13
6. Ognjen Stojanovic SRB RS 00:27:26
7. Ryosuke Yamamoto JPN JP 00:27:35
8. Philip Wolfe GBR GB 00:28:00
9. Péter Bajai HUN HU 00:28:26
10. Neil Eddy GBR GB 00:28:44

Elite Women

1. Anastasia Abrosimova RUS RU 00:29:07
2. Elena Danilova RUS RU 00:29:57
3. Hoi Long MAC MO 00:30:08
4. Joselyn Brea VEN VE 00:30:28
5. Laurel Wassner USA US 00:30:31
6. Hannah Kitchen GBR GB 00:30:58
7. Anastasia Gorbunova RUS RU 00:31:04
8. Johanna Gascoigne Owens GBR GB 00:31:25
9. Jessica Souza Santos BRA BR 00:33:09
10. Sameera Albitar BRN BH 00:34:16

U23 Men

1. Ben Sayles CAN CA 00:29:13
2. Mohamed Elsaied EGY EG 00:30:48
3. Mohamed Khaled EGY EG 00:30:49
4. Matthew Fearn GBR GB 00:31:17
5. Paolo Guerrero ECU EC 00:31:44

U23 Women

1. Joselyn Brea VEN VE 00:30:28
2. Tamyres Domingos BRA BR 00:38:55

Junior Men

1. Yhousman Perdomo VEN VE 00:28:50
2. Yaroslav Potanin RUS RU 00:28:51
3. Luka Paliska CRO HR 00:29:02
4. Khaled Essam EGY EG 00:29:28
5. Vojtech Sommer CZE CZ 00:30:13
6. Jacob Jamnicky CAN CA 00:30:25
7. Pedro Gordilho Apud BRA BR 00:30:31
8. Josip Živković CRO HR 00:30:39
9. Yago Alves BRA BR 00:31:34
10. Andre Luiz Pereira De Albuquerque BRA BR 00:34:42

Junior Women

1. Elisabetta Vitasovic CRO HR 00:34:30
2. Chiara Perusko CRO HR 00:35:55
3. Fatma Hagras EGY EG 00:36:43
4. Hannáh Mota BRA BR 00:38:33

Text and Images: Courtesy ITU Media. 

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