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08 August 2016 | in World University Championships, Triathlon

13th World University Triathlon Championship – Nyon 2016- The Races


NYON - The sun was shining on Sunday, making it a beautiful day for this World Championship. The women opened the competition in the morning, with a very agitated lake. This challenging swim stage unfortunately resulted in a few athletes abandoning the race. The rest of the race however went very well, particularly for the three medalists; Yuko Takahashi from Japan for gold, Vanesa De La Torre from Mexico for silver, and Sandra Dodet from France for bronze.

 

The men raced in the afternoon with a friendlier lake condition, but an even hotter sun, making the final run challenging. Only in the end was the winner evidently Grant Sheldon from the United Kingdom, who arrived way ahead. He was then followed by Jonas Schomburg from Turkey for silver and Léo Bergere from France for bronze.

 

The Championship took place in parallel to popular races organized by Nyon Triathlon for the last 28 years. The  student's athletes had the great opportunity to enjoy a spectacular show, and with also an incredible audience, cheering loud and clear at the transition and finish line.

 

The 2016 World University Triathlon Championship concluded with the award and closing ceremony, which took place on the shore of the Lake. The medal ceremony, full of good cheer, awarded not only the individual winners but also best teams.

For women teams, France made the gold, Switzerland the silver, and Italy the bronze.

 

For the men teams, the gold went to the United Kingdom, the silver for France, and the bronze for the United states .

 

The delegations then proceeded with a final parade, proudly representing their countries, before exchanging shirts, caps and pins among them. This great spirit of friendship persisted throughout the evening, which ended with delegations dancing all together, with members of the Organizing Committee.

(Source WUC Dept / OC Triathlon)

 

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