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Ospaly, Lehtonen take ETU Euro Half Champs
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Posted on: Monday 25th May 2015

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European Championship Bronze medal for Vanessa Raw on Sunday at the ETU European Middle Distance Championship which this year was held as part of Challenge Rimini in Italy.

To check out all of the Great Britain Age Group medal winners, check out our separate review HERE.

Filip Ospaly (CZE) and Kaisa Lehtonen (FIN) were crowned the ETU European Half Distance Triathlon Champions at Challenge Rimini on Italy's Adriatic Coast on Sunday.

After days of rain, the morning dawned fine with a 1,600 strong field ready to take on Challenge Rimini's spectacular course.

Among the pros, Italy's Giulio Molinari was preparing to defend his European title that he gained last year at Challenge Mallorca, while in the women's field, Sara Dossena (ITA), who started the year with a second place at the European Duathlon Championship, and a recent second place at ETU Olympic race in Madrid, started race favourite.

After exiting in the swim in sixth place, Ospaly headed out on the bike in the front group, led by Molinari with a chase group of Alberto Alessandroni (ITA) and Jonathan Ciavatella (ITA) just two minutes behind. By the halfway point, Molinari and Ceccarelli broke away, putting 20 seconds into Ospaly and a more comfortable 3:40 ahead of the chase group which now also included former European Champion Ritchie Nicholls (GBR). Coming into T2, Ospaly had dropped to 1:40 behind the leaders. However, the Challenge Rimini course with its flat 21km run was the perfect battleground for the strong runner and Ospaly stormed home in 4:06:14 to become European Champion, ahead of Molinari who finished in 4:07:23 and Bart Aernouts (BEL) who rounded off the podium in 4:08:09 after posting the fastest run split of the day of 1:13:54.

Filip Ospaly ©Getty Images

In the women's race, Margie Santamaria (ITA) was first out of the water, 20 seconds ahead of Vanessa Raw (GBR) and two minutes ahead of Lehtonen who was down in sixth place. By 30km on the bike the situation had changed dramatically. Lehtonen had taken the lead together with Potuckova (CZE) and Raw. She continued to extend this lead, arriving at T2 six minutes ahead of Raw and Santimaria, a lead she managed to maintain, taking the win and the European Championship title in 4:41:14. However, the run of the day went to Dossena who ran up from ninth off the bike to take second place in 4:46:39, posting a 1:19:02 run split. Raw held onto third, finishing in 4:51:07.

Challenge Rimini Elite women's podium ©Getty Images

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ETU Middle Distance Championships - Sunday 24th May 2015
Challenge Rimini, Itlay - 1.9km / 90km / 21.1km - ELITE

Pos Men Women
1st Filip Ospaly (CZE) 4:06:14 Kaisa Lehtonen (FIN) 4:41:14
2nd Giulio Molinari (ITA) 4:07:23 Sara Dossena (ITA) 4:46:39
3rd Bart Aernouts (BEL) 4:08:09 Vanessa Raw (GBR) 4:51:07
4th Ruedi Wild (SUI) 4:08:12 Margie Santamaria (ITA) 4:55:58
5th Thomas Steger (AUT) 4:13:46 Martina Dogana (ITA) 4:56:17
6th Artem Parienko (RUS) 4:14:18 Eva Potuckova (CZE) 4:56:26
7th Jonathan Ciavattella (ITA) 4:14:23 Giorgia Priarone (ITA) 4:56:52
8th Alberto Alessandroni (ITA) 4:15:25 Olga Dmitrieva (ITA) 5:04:23
9th Cyril Viennot (FRA) 4:16:18 Eleanor Haresign (GBR) 5:06:05
10th Ritchie Nicholls (GBR) 4:16:50 Ewa Komander (POL) 5:06:05

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