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Molinari, Gajer secure ETU Middle Champs
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 5th September 2016


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Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl hosts ETU Middle Distance Triathlon European Championships

David McNamee fourth and Kim Morrison ninth in Austria

Italy's biking dynamo Giulio Molinari kept up his great record in this ETU Middle Distance Championship by taking the title in Austria on Sunday.

After Gold in 2014 (Paguera) and Silver a year ago (Rimini), he returned to the top step of the podium for Gold once again. Cycling two and a half minutes faster than anyone else, he crossed the line almost 90 seconds in front of Germany's Florian Angert, with home favourite Thomas Steger taking the Bronze.

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Great Britain's David McNamee was just outside the medals in fourth place, closing out his race with the second fastest run split of the day. He is still building towards his primary end of season goal, the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona. 11th on his debut in 2015, breaking into the top ten will surely be his initial objective this time around.

Germany's Julia Gajer was a clear winner in the women's Elite race. In the leading duo out of the swim, she set the pace on the bike, riding three minutes faster than anyone else. That resulted in a 4:30 lead at T2 - and with her experience and ability, that was a race winning lead.

First time GB Elite representative, Kim Morrison, was right in the mix starting the run. She reached T2 together with Denmark's Maja Stage Nielsen in 3rd/4th positions, with Lisa Hutthaler two minutes in front. While Nielsen would push on to second and pass the Austrian, Morrison drifted back and would end up in ninth spot. It was a tough run for the first year Pro, but she has picked up some great results in 2016 and will be back for bigger and better in future championships I believe.

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There was also British success in the Paratriathlon event where Iain Dawson was competing in the PT5 (visually impaired) category. Iain (and his guide, Matt Ellis) crossed the line just seven seconds over the five hour mark, to take the win by just three minutes from Lazar Filipovic (SRB).

We will bring you a round-up of the Great Britain Age-Group team in a separate article very soon.

Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl, ETU Triathlon Middle Distance European Championships
Sunday 4th September 2016

1.9km / 90km / 21.1km - ELITE

Pos Men Women
1st Giulio Molinari (ITA) 3:49:31 Julia Gajer (GER) 4:18:29
2nd Florian Angert (GER) 3:50:56 Maja Stage Nielsen (DEN) 4:19:49
3rd Thomas Steger (AUT) 3:52:20 Lisa Hutthaler (AUT) 4:21:36
4th David McNamee (GBR) 3:53:44 Sara Dossena (ITA) 4:23:41
5th Jonathan Ciavatella (ITA) 3:56:59 Maria Czesnik (POL) 4:27:51

9th Kim Morrison (GBR) 4:36:51


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