Pedersen (DEN) and Dijkstra (GBR) take Gold in Nanjing Qualifier

Pedersen (DEN) and Dijkstra (GBR) take Gold in Nanjing Qualifier

By David Peddie on 17/05/14 at 6:12 pm

Alberte Kjaer Pedersen (DEN) and Ben Dijkstra (GBR) qualified for the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in style as they took victory in the sprint distance qualifier in Weert, Netherlands.

Europe has been awarded eleven places per gender for the individual triathlon event in Nanjing but only one place per National Federation. Therefore, before the race the athletes knew that even a top ten finish may not be enough to secure qualification for the individual race.

Pedersen made sure of her place in a thrilling women’s race, with the podium separated by just three seconds. Carmen Gomez (ESP) finished second and qualified for Nanjing ahead of her team-mate Cecilia Santamaria Surroca (ESP) who claimed the bronze medal.

In the Men’s race, Dijkstra enjoyed a more comfortable victory ahead of Dmitry Efimov (RUS) and Peer Sonksen (GER), who completed the podium.

A Mixed Relay competition will take place tomorrow with teams made up of the best four athletes (2 men and 2 women) based on today’s results.

A live stream of the Mixed Relay event can be found here. Broadcast will start at 1330 CEST with the race scheduled to start at 1345 CEST).

Youth Men

1. Ben Dijkstra GBR GB 00:52:55
2. Dmitry Efimov RUS RU 00:53:01
3. Peer Sönksen GER DE 00:53:02
4. Alberto Gonzalez Garcia ESP ES 00:53:09
5. Emil Deleuran Hansen DEN DK 00:53:17
6. Andres Cendan Llorens ESP ES 00:53:44
7. Philip Horwarth AUT AT 00:53:52
8. Romain Loop BEL BE 00:53:54
9. Bence Lehmann HUN HU 00:54:04
10. Jannik Schaufler GER DE 00:54:07

Youth Women

1. Alberte Kjær Pedersen DEN DK 00:59:07
2. Carmen Gomez Cortes ESP ES 00:59:09
3. Cecilia Santamaria Surroca ESP ES 00:59:10
4. Elizaveta Zhizhina RUS RU 00:59:22
5. Flóra Bicsák HUN HU 00:59:24
6. Sian Rainsley GBR GB 00:59:35
7. Kristin Ranwig GER DE 00:59:39
8. Emilie Morier FRA FR 00:59:44
9. Kirsten Nuyes NED NL 00:59:48
10. Ines Santiago ESP ES 00:59:59

Find more details about this event - 2014 Weert ETU Triathlon European YOG Qualifier