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Russian women top tri-nation
Russia's women can now call them selves the top triathlon country after handily beating eight other nations at the 2007 ITU Team Triathlon World Championships today in Tiszaujvaros, Hungary. The Russian trio pulled ahead during the second leg of the quick format swim-bike-run relay, finishing in a time of 1 hour 5 minutes and 5 seconds. The next nation across the line was neighboring Ukraine, 16 seconds back. Reigning champions Italy was third a further 4 seconds down.
The popular team relay event consists of three members each completing a “super sprint triathlon” that includes a 250-meter swim, 6.9-kilometer draft-legal cycle and 1.6-kilometer run before handing off to their next team mate.
Italy was quick to jump to the front over the opening leg but could not hold off the fast approaching Russian and Ukrainian teams. Russia’s second, Elena Matveeva, ran through the field with the quickest run-split of the day to give a sizeable lead for their anchor athlete, Anastasia Yatsenko, to hold off the rest for the budding triathlon nation’s second ever world championships gold.
2007 Tiszaujvaros ITU Elite Team Triathlon World Championships – Elite Women
1. RUSSIA (Irina Abysova, Elena Matveeva, Anastasia Yatsenko) 1:05:05
2. UKRAINE (Inna Tsyganok, Yuliya Yelistratova, Olesya Prystayko) 1:05:21 +:16
3. ITALY (Daniela Chmet, Charlotte Bonin, Nadia Cortassa) 1:05:25 +:20
4. HUNGARY (Margit Vanek, Zsofia Toth, Renata Koch) 1:05:35 +:30
5. CZECH REPUBLIC (Jana Jiriuskova, Lucie Zelenkova, Lenka Zemanova) 1:05:41 +:36
6. POLAND (Maria Csesnik, Monika Smaruj, Ewa Dederko) 1:06:19 +1:14
7. SOUTH AFRICA (Kate Roberts, Mari Rabi, Corinne Berg) 1:06:38 +1:33
8. SPAIN (Ana Burgos, Maria Pujol, Zurine Rodriguez) 1:06:54 +1:49