By David Peddie on 30/10/12 at 7:16 pm
Renata Fuchs has claimed the No.1 spot in the Junior Female European Rankings for 2012.
The talented Hungarian follows compatriot, and 2011 no.1 Eszter Pap, to the top of the rankings and a look at her season’s statistics make it easy to see why.
Fuchs has had an incredible year. In eight International races, her lowest finish was 9th – but more importantly they yielded two wins and four podiums.
Back to back Junior Cup wins in Aguilas (pictured above) and Bled rounded off a perfect 2012.
Peter Kropko, Vice President of the Hungarian Triathlon Association, hailed Fuchs achievements and believes she is the latest in a long line of talented Hungarian youths.
"Reni has always been a hard worker," said Kropko. "She started at Triathlon Villám in Budapest with the Paps, Eszter and David and she continued onto Budaörs tri club.
"She is our hope for the future. We have three talented youngsters, the Paps and Fuchs, who are mentally able to grow into the hardest test; the transition from Junior to Adult.
"Reni has the talent, the family support, and the club is specialised for talented triathletes. I am not surprised. We have a talent cumulation program which we started seven years ago and Reni was in the middle of the program."
Great Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown finished second in the rankings. The European Junior Champion and an equally eye catching 2012 and is surely another talented Junior destined for great things.
2012 began with a 5th place in Quarteira before her European glory in Eilat. Taylor-Brown (pictured above, left) became World Duathlon Champion and made the podium at Tabor.
Fuchs seven ranked races compared to Taylor-Brown’s three, meant she just missed out on top spot, with a margin 34 points.
In fact, only 35 points separated the top three with Ivana Kuriackova (pictured above, right) in third place.
The Slovakian’s debut season at this level was nothing short of sensational – two back to back wins in Holten and Tiszaujvaros caught everyone’s attention and propelled her up the rankings table.
The European rankings are accumulative and reflect the results from all European Cup, Premium European Cup races and European Championships in 2012, as well as a percentage of points from last year.