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Triathlon WONDERKID Fanni Szalai dominates Europe Junior Cup Tiszaújváros

Fanni Szalai wins second consecutive Europe Junior Cup.

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Redefining triathlon

Fanni Szalai, the teenage superstar who rose to prominence at the start of the year where she podiumed at the Arena Games Triathlon in Sursee has just secured her second consecutive Europe Junior Cup win.

Just 15 years old, the Hungarian, who won the Europe Triathlon Junior Cup in Caorle in May against girls up to three years her senior, was utterly dominant on home turf on Sunday as she took the tape at Europe Triathlon Junior Cup Tiszaujvaros.

Delivering on home turf

Having already finished sixth overall in the Arena Games Triathlon series and won her debut European Cup in Caorle, the stage was set for Szalai to do something special in front of a home crowd this weekend.

Fanni Szalai Arena Games Sursee 2023 photo credit Darren Wheeler That Cameraman SLT
[Photo credit: Darren Wheeler That Cameraman / SLT]

Having exited the water with the front group of five and stayed away with the group on the bike, the Hungarian lost a couple of seconds to the rest of the field in transition, but more than made up for it on the run, breaking clear early on and never looking back.

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Banyoles next for Szalai

Winning by almost a minute, Szalai looks to be continuing to go from strength-to-strength this season, with her next race coming in a fortnight, where she will compete at the Europe Triathlon Youth Championships Festival in Banyoles.

In addition to her European Junior Cup and Championships schedule this season, Szalai was also one of the first athletes announced for the 2023 Super League Championship Series, which will see her compete against the very best in the sport over a range of exciting formats.

Tomos Land
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Tomos Land
Tomos Land is a triathlon & running journalist whose expertise lies in the professional world of short course & long distance triathlon, though he also boasts an extensive knowledge of ultra-running.
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