In the women’s race Sarah emerged from the water in the second group behind a group of three athletes, managed to catch up with the leading women and finish the bike leg first.
Sarah Schutz crossed the finish line first in 2:03:59. Dimaki was 8 seconds behind having done the best time in the run leg. Dmitrieva was third with 2:04:50.
In the men’s swim after the first lap we had a large group of about ¾ of the field, with a smaller group dropping far behind.
At the swim finish first were Harry Wiltshire of Great Britain and Jens Toft of Denmark followed by a large group seconds behind including Andriy Glushchenko, Ran Alterman, Charles Rusterholz and Didier Brocard.
During the bike a lead group was formed consisting of 27 athletes followed by a smaller chase group about 3 minutes behind.
Pierre Dorez of France finished first the flat fast bike course leg after a superb performance. Glushchenko, Brocard and Rusterholz followed only seconds apart.
Eight athletes charged out of second transition to the six lap run course, promising a very close and exiting race to the thousands of the spectators along the run course.
Rusterholz was home first with 1:46:51 leaving Clushchenko a mere 2 seconds behind. Third was Brocard in 1:46:57.
2007 Limassol ITU European Cup – Elite Women
1. Schutz, Sarah SUI 02:03:58
2. Dimaki, Deniz GRE 02:04:06
3. Dmitrieva, Olga RUS 02:04:49
2007 Limassol ITU European Cup – Elite Men
1. Rusterholz, Charles SUI 01:46:51
2. Glushchenko, Andriy UKR 01:46:53
3. Brocard, Didier SUI 01:46:57
tagscharles rusterholz continental cup deniz dimaki olga dmitrieva sarah schutz limassol andriy glushchenko didier brocard