Sprint distance (750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run) and Olympic distance (1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run) brought together over 100 professional sportsmen who competed for top places in Cup of the Federation and Russian Cup as well as for places in the national team and more than 300 amateur sportsmen from over 20 Russian cities and other countries.
Both days sportsmen on distance found active support from fancies of all types: relatives, friends, colleagues as well as locals who prepared banners for sportsmen starting in the highest scale triathlon competitions in Saint Petersburg. Chief national coach of Russian triathlon team Andrei Gudalov told that the starts showed a high standard which is important for competitions of such a high level: ´In very short time organizers managed to prepare excellent starts that meet the standards of RTF Cup and Russian Cup. Russian Triathlon Federation is going to continue cooperation with A1 series and hold even higher level competitions together. What competitions? – You will see soon!´
Among the honourable guests of the competitions were the president of Saint Petersburg Triathlon Federation Valentin Mettus, the vice-president of Saint Petersburg Triathlon Federation Oleg Loginov, the head of Physical Education Department of Kurortny District Evgeny Korolkov and others. City Authorities representatives marked that A1 TRIATHLON organizers have made large contribution to development of triathlon in Saint Petersburg.
In the solemn opening ceremony the President of Organizing Comitee Viktor Osokin revealed further plans, ´We´re really glad to see so many participants in our sport festival – professionals and amateurs alike. We have already prepared the starts calendar for the next year and invite all of you to take part in competitions. We are preparing many surprises. We promise level of competitions will only rise year by year.´
Organizers expressed special thanks to the partners that made it possible to hold competitions on a high level. Beer brewing company Baltika actively supported this new Saint Pete´s start and provided feeding stations with bottled water on all the stages of the grueling distance. Having finished, sportsmen could celebrate their victory (and firstly triumph over themselves) with a cup of Russian most popular alcohol-free beer Baltika 0 and kvass Hlebny krai. After the competitions sportsmen were recovering in recovery zone where alcohol-free sort of beer by the largest beer brewing company in Russia proved to be very popular.
During two days of the competitions 6 sets of prizes among professionals as well as 23 sets of prizes for amateurs in individual classification and 3 sets of prizes in team placing found their holders. Thanks to results being tabulated by age groups and not only in total classification, winners received over 70 A1 THRIATLON cups!
In youth super sprint the winner´s podium was taken by Andrei Dubkov from Moscow, Elizar Suntsev from Tyumen region and Vladislav Toloknov from Saint Petersburg. Among the girls in the first day the best were Ekaterina Matyukh from Moscow, Maria Chuiko and Ekaterina Spitsina – both coming from Yaroslavl region. In junior sprint the best results were shown by Dmitry Tikhomirov from Moscow, Dmitry Efimov from Krasnodar region and Yury Pyslskii from Moscow. Among female juniors Maria Babicheva, Tamara Maksiianova and Anastasia Shoretz all from Saint Petersburg were second to none.
Second competition day revealed the winners of the Russian Cup among the elite. Winning places in male Olympic distance were taken by Ivan Kalashnikov from Krasnodar region, Alexei Kalistratov from Moscow and Alexei Hmelevsky from Saint Petersburg. Regarding women, Evgeniia Sukhoruchenkova from Krasnodar region, Maria Moliarova from Moscow Margarita Ovsiannikova from Tyumen region were those who showed the best time.
Among amateurs sprint distance the best results in total count were shown by Andrey Markin, Alexei Nesterenko and Alexander Kartsev from Saint Petersburg. In women standings first three places were also taken by Petersburg residents Ekaterina Shershen, Anna Shamsi and Olga Kuranova.
Yury Komlev from Moscow took the first place in total count on Olympic distance, the runner-up was Rostislav Bzhevskii from Petersburg with Sergei Tsarev from Borovichi taking the third place. Women triumphing in Olympic distance were Marina Levina, Viktoria Shubina and Elena Gvozdeva all three representing Saint Petersburg.
In relay standings Trifit team showed the best result, whose member crossed the finish line with the best time for all amateurs – 01:59. Second and third places were taken by Rostelekom and A3 Team correspondingly.
Official protocols with results by age group are available on our website https://a1.ru/starts/20150830/results/.
When A1 competitions were finished, the participants confessed that they have already started preparing to the next season. In 2016 series of starts are planned where participants will compete not just in most popular triathlon distances including full ´Ironman´ distance (3,9 km swim, 180 km bike and 42,2 km run), but also in long distance swimming and running. Registration to the competitions will have already been opened in September on the website https://a1.ru.