Sukhoruchenkova and Rapahel win Mondello sprint

Sukhoruchenkova and Rapahel win Mondello sprint

By David Peddie on 30/09/12 at 9:16 pm

Evgenia Sukhoruchenkova and Raphael Aurelien claimed victory in the penultimate European race of the season.

In a stunning finale to the Elite Women’s race, only four seconds separated the podium positions.

Sukhoruchenkova (RUS) finished in 1:03:12, just edging out Kathrin Muller (GER) to claim the gold medal with the German having to settle for silver in a time of 1:03:13.

Yuliya Yelistratova was not far behind the top two, finishing in third in 1:03:16.

In the Elite Men’s race, Aurelien Raphael went one better than his performance in 2011 with a comprehensive and dominant victory.

Last year’s runner up finished in 53:43 to record his second European International victory of the year.

The Frenchman denied the crowd a home winner but there was plenty to cheer about for the Italians, as Alessandro Fabian and Luca Facchinetti finished in second and third place respectively.

Both results were significant for the Italian athletes. For Fabian, this result marked his first European International podium finish in Elite competition and Facchinetti’s result was his first career podium at this level.

Picture: Evgenia Sukhoruchenkova breaks the tape to win the Mondello Sprint just a second ahead of Kathrin Muller.

Elite Men

1. Aurelien Raphael FRA FR 00:53:43
2. Alessandro Fabian ITA IT 00:54:22
3. Luca Facchinetti ITA IT 00:54:28
4. Andrea Secchiero ITA IT 00:54:37
5. Conor Murphy IRL IE 00:54:42
6. Christian Otto GER DE 00:55:10
7. Alberto Casadei ITA IT 00:55:20
8. Mattia Ceccarelli ITA IT 00:55:38
9. Robin Pasteur FRA FR 00:55:47
10. Manuel Biagiotti ITA IT 00:56:05

Elite Women

1. Evgenia Sukhoruchenkova RUS RU 01:03:12
2. Kathrin Muller GER DE 01:03:13
3. Yuliya Yelistratova UKR UA 01:03:16
4. Annamaria Mazzetti ITA IT 01:03:26
5. Sarah Wilm GER DE 01:03:37
6. Sara Vilic AUT AT 01:04:14
7. Hanna Philippin GER DE 01:04:15
8. Charlotte Bonin ITA IT 01:04:29
9. Daniela Chmet ITA IT 01:04:32
10. Zsófia Kovács HUN HU 01:04:34

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