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Abrosimova, Varga win Elite Aquathlon World's
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Posted on: Wednesday 16th September 2015


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Richard Varga earns fourth ITU Aquathlon World title while Russia take Gold and Silver in Elite Women's event

Women's Elite Review

Hoping to improve on her Bronze medal in 2014, Great Britain's Hannah Kitchen once again lead out of the swim, exiting the water in 9:37 alongside Anastasia Gorbunova (RUS) and Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS). They held a gap of 23 seconds to Elena Danilova (RUS), with Great Britain's other representative, Johanna Gascoigne Owens in tenth position (10:29). Starting the run, Kitchen and Abrosimova had gained a three second gap over Gorbunova.

The first 2.9km loop would see significant change however, as Anastasia Abrosimova took charge of the race on the run to hold a 49 second lead with just under 2km remaining, Elena Danilova having moved past Kitchen and Gorbunova into a clear second place. Hannah was now 1:25 nack in fifth place, with Gascoigne Owens having moved through to eighth position at 1:53

There was no danger for Abrosimova over the final 2km as she took a comfortable Gold, 50 seconds ahead of team mate Danilova, with Long Hoi from Macau taking the Bronze.

Hannah Kitchen finished sixth across the line (30:58) with Johanna Gascoigne Owens eighth (31:25)

Men's Elite Review

Three-time Aquathlon World Champion Richard Varga was first out of the 750m swim in a swift 8:32, but right with him was Tommy Zaferes (USA) and Igor Polyanskiy (RUS). That trio had a gap of more than 30 seconds over the chase group which included Great Britain's Philip Wolfe (9:11) and Neil Eddy (9:23). Zaferes was by far the quickest through transition and started the run seven seconds ahead of Varga, with a further three seconds back to Polyanskiy. Would the motivation of home soil ensure that the first medal of the week was a Gold for Team USA?

The 5km run comprised a 2.9km loop followed by a final 2.1km loop, and it was all change on lap one as Varga regained the lead to hold a 17 second margin over Polyanskiy, with Zaferes now 37 seconds in arrears and looking set to be swallowed up by the chasing pack. Varga's lead was comfortable and he was able to relax into the finish straight to add to previous titles in 2010 (Budapest), 2012 (Auckland) and 2013 (London). Polyanskiy was clear for Silver, while the Bronze did go to the USA, but it was to Matthew Mcelroy who had started the run 53 seconds down on the leaders.

“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.”

Philip Wolfe finished 8th (28:00) with Neil Eddy ninth (28:26)

ITU Aquathlon World Championships, Chicago - Wednesday 16th September 2015
750m swim / 5km run

ELITE
Pos Men Women
1st Richard Varga (SVK) 25:42 Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS) 29:07
2nd Igor Polyanskiy (RUS) 25:49 Elena Danilova (RUS) 29:57
3rd Matthew Mcelroy (USA) 25:58 Long Hoi (MAC) 30:08
4th Tommy Zaferes (USA) 26:48 Joselyn Brea (VEN) 30:28 (Under-23)
5th Nick Karwoski (USA) 27:13 Laurel Wassner (USA) 30:31

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