Kiwis dominate Aquathlon World Championships

Kiwis dominate Aquathlon World Championships

By Erin Greene on 27/08/14 at 9:34 pm

The first champions of the week were crowned on Wednesday at the Aquathlon World Championships, which kicked off action at the TransCanada Corp. World Triathlon Grand Final Edmonton. New Zealand...

The first champions of the week were crowned on Wednesday at the Aquathlon World Championships, which kicked off action at the TransCanada Corp. World Triathlon Grand Final Edmonton. New Zealand dominated the events, winning the women’s elite and junior titles, as well as the men’s junior division. Japan also enjoyed a successful day, with Yuichi Hosoda and Ryousuke Yamamoto finishing 1-2 in the men’s elite race.

The USA’s Tommy Zaferes executed a swift swim on the one-lap 750m course, but his 10-second lead wasn’t enough to ward off the Japanese. Hosoda took the lead after the first of two run laps and managed to hang on to the top spot through the finish line.

“I thought this aquathlon is very, very good for swim practice for me,” Hosoda said. “This is a different kind of swimming with a diving start. It was a good running session for me. I’m looking forward to this weekend. I’m very happy.”

Teammate Ryosuke Yamamoto took off after Hosoda for silver while bronze was left for Ukraine’s Yegor Martynenko with the second-fastest run split of the day. Alessio Fioravanti (ITA) was the fastest man in the U23 category, while Kyle Smith (NZL) took top honours in the men’s junior race.

In the women’s race, it was Great Britain’s Hannah Kitchen that headed for transition first, but Anneke Jenkins (NZL) surprised the experienced aquathlon field when she sprinted past them on the two-lap run for gold. Last year’s bronze medal winner Yuliya Yelistratova (UKR) upgraded to a silver, while Kitchen took third.

“It was good, I really enjoyed,” Jenkins said. “It’s a good warmup, I had to do some hard training today. It’s good to do the swim. I got lost twice coming out of the swim, so it’s good to get those things out of the way.”

Ivana Kuriackova (UKR) won the women’s U23 division, while New Zealand’s Jaimee Leader won the women’s junior category.

In the para-aquathlon races, Hungary’s Peter Boronkay was the first athlete to cross the finish line, clenching the first world title of the World Championship events in the men’s PT4 sport class. Alejandro Sanchez Palomero (ESP) won the men’s PT3 division, while reigning triathlon World Champion Melissa Reid (GBR) added an aquathlon world championship title to her name in the women’s PT5.

Elite Men

1. Yuichi Hosoda JPN JP 00:24:18
2. Ryosuke Yamamoto JPN JP 00:24:49
3. Yegor Martynenko UKR UA 00:24:54
4. Tommy Zaferes USA US 00:25:35
5. Neil Eddy GBR GB 00:25:58
6. Kyle Smith NZL NZ 00:26:11
7. Eduardo Beretta BRA BR 00:26:59
8. Andre Lemmi BRA BR 00:27:24
9. Alessio Fioravanti ITA IT 00:27:54
10. Pedro Apud BRA BR 00:28:31

Elite Women

1. Anneke Jenkins NZL NZ 00:27:26
2. Yuliya Yelistratova UKR UA 00:27:52
3. Hannah Kitchen GBR GB 00:28:09
4. Daria Pletikapa CRO HR 00:28:49
5. Ivana Kuriackova SVK SK 00:29:52
6. Oleksandra Kokhan UKR UA 00:29:58
7. Jaimee Leader NZL NZ 00:30:36
8. Vittoria Lopes BRA BR 00:31:32
9. Beatriz Dumet BRA BR 00:33:25
10. Hannáh Mota BRA BR 00:36:17

U23 Men

1. Alessio Fioravanti ITA IT 00:27:54

U23 Women

1. Ivana Kuriackova SVK SK 00:29:52
2. Oleksandra Kokhan UKR UA 00:29:58

Junior Men

1. Kyle Smith NZL NZ 00:26:11
2. Pedro Apud BRA BR 00:28:31
3. Yago Alves BRA BR 00:28:58
4. Rikigoro Shinozuka MAS MY 00:29:44
5. Icaro Melo BRA BR 00:34:34

Junior Women

1. Jaimee Leader NZL NZ 00:30:36
2. Vittoria Lopes BRA BR 00:31:32
3. Beatriz Dumet BRA BR 00:33:25
4. Hannáh Mota BRA BR 00:36:17
5. Taynara Bonetti Da Silveira BRA BR 00:40:44

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