By Erin Greene on 08/08/15 at 1:25 pm
Action got underway at the 2015 Tiszaujvaros ITU World Cup on Saturday with some blistering heats of semifinals action.
The day began with two waves of semifinals for the women, the first of which was won by Sara Dossena (ITA) in a packed race. The Italian raced smart, completing a comfortable race in the middle of the group to take advantage of the fast pace by the Americans, who were much stronger on the swimming segment.
“It was really tough, really hard race,” said Dossena.
“I come from a cold country and this is really hot weather for me, so it was really difficult,” said Shulgina of Saturday’s race. “I will try do the same as I did today and finish well (tomorrow).”
“I felt well, and feel strong for the final,” said Polyanskiy.
Felix Duchampt (FRA) took the first spot in the second semifinal in showing the French squad is here to contest the top podium positions, as the Federation saw all of its athletes through to finals in both the women’s and men’s races.
“We have a very strong group with a lot good swimmers, I am a stronger runner, so will see what will happen tomorrow,” said Duchampt. “I felt strong today, and will do my best tomorrow.”
Benson (GBR), the Baku European Games winner, said, “I had fun out there today and I’m happy with my performance”.
When questioned about the strategy for the final, the British remained confident saying, “You will have to wait until tomorrow and see.”
Gabor Faldum (HUN) claimed victory on the last semifinal of the day on a very tight group finish, giving the home crowd a strong reason to come back tomorrow.
“I really enjoy this format of racing two times in two days and I look forward for tomorrow,” Faldum said. “I think it will be hard because of the hot weather, but I will do my best to do as well as last year.”
The women will get the racing started on Sunday at 3:45pm, while the men will compete at 5:10pm. The athletes will contest another sprint distance race on a slightly different course.
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