23rd WMC Triathlon - Águilas (ESP) - Day 2

 

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ÁGUILAS (ESP) - After the reconnaissance day, the traditional pre-race meetings, and the Opening Ceremony, it was time to get down to business in Aguilas with the start of the competitions yesterday for the 23rd World Military Triathlon Championship.

 

On the program of this day of June 10, the women’s, and men's competitions (elite and senior) with the titles of CISM military world champions at stake! 118 men and 52 women from 20 CISM member nations were at the start of this superb race with a course including 1500m of swimming, 40km of cycling and 10km of running, all under 30 degrees, sun, and wind!

 

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Max Studer and Paulina Klimas world champions in military triathlon


In the women's race, the disqualification of the winner Jeanne Lehair caused a lot of ink to flow. After the swim and bike events, a small group of athletes were in the lead, including Paulina Klimas (POL), Jeanne Lehair (FRA) and Zsanett Bragmayer (HUN). The Frenchwoman took the lead and did not let it go until the end of the race. Lehair finished in front of the Polish Klimas and the Hungarian Bragmayer, who was the favorite of the competition.

 

A few minutes after the arrival of the first classified, the jury disqualified the Frenchwoman because she was not wearing her bib during the bike race. The title of World Champion went to Paulina Klimas, the silver medal to Zsanett Bragmayer and the Swiss Alissa Koenig took the podium.

 

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In the men's competition, while it is often the same countries that dominate the competition, namely France, Germany, and Brazil, it is another country that took the prize this year.


Indeed, this time, it is the Swiss Max Studer who won the world title, which is in no way a surprise considering his performances in the World Cup and the European Cup. The Swiss showed himself to be too strong for the competition and led his race with an expert hand!

 

Max Studer, also ranked ninth at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Triathlon, won his first military world title by crossing the finish line 22 seconds ahead of Belgium's Erwin Vanderplancke, while Aurélien Raphael, a regular at CISM competitions and winner of the Arena Games in Munich earlier this year, finished on the third step of the podium.

 

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In the senior category, Belgian triathlon legend Frederik van Lierde, who counts the Ironman World Championship title won in October 2013 in Kona (Hawaii) among his achievements, won the men's title and became the military world champion ahead of France's Julien Gonnet and Spain's Sergio Sobrino Sierra.

 

Meanwhile, Hongrise Amelita Polonyine Dr. Sved won the senior women's competition, finishing the race nearly two minutes ahead of Spain's Pilar Arias Nieto and Loreto Pastor Sopelana, silver and bronze medalists, respectively.

 

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In the team competition, the French men's team, composed of Aurélien Raphaël, Nathan Lessmann and Jérémy Quindos, finished ahead of Switzerland and Brazil, while Poland (Paulina Klimas, Agnieszka Jerzyk, and Julia Sanecka) won the women's title ahead of Brazil and Spain. France (Aurélien Raphaël, Nathan Lessmann, Jérémy Quindos and Lola Bachet) also finished first in the mixed team competition ahead of Switzerland and Brazil.

 

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Finally, it is the host country, Spain, and its athletes Sergio Sobrino Sierra, Pedro Gallego Yugo and Pilar Arias Nieto who take the gold medal in the senior mixed team competition ahead of Belgium and France.


See you today for the para-triathlon competition and the relay !


The competitions will be broadcasted in livestreaming by the Spanish Triathlon Federation:

 

 

 

 

(Source: CISM Media & Communication Department)

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