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Lausanne 2019: Italy one-two at Women’s Junior World Champs

The Azzurri ruled the Women's Junior World Triathlon Champs on Friday in Lausanne, a sprint finish for Gold and Silver for Italy

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Beatrice Mallozzi completes World and European Championship double 

Day one of racing at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final on Friday started early with an 0700 start time for the Women’s World Junior Triathlon Championship.

Racing over the Sprint distance, the short and sharp hills on the multi-lap Lausanne course were enough to see the leading group reduced to 14 athletes as they returned to T2 after the 750m (non-wetsuit) swim and 20km bike.

The group included both of the Brits racing, Sophia Green and the Silver medallist from 12 months ago in Gold Coast, Erin Wallace. Also there was the now Leeds-based French athlete, Jessica Fullagar, plus the Italian duo of Beatrice Mallozzi and Costanza Arpinelli. Having won the ETU Junior European Championships in Weert recently, Mallozzi was looking for a championship win-double.

14 athletes were quickly broken up, and as they entered the final kilometre the podium looked set to be decided between Fullagar and the the two Italian athletes. The Italian duo dropped Jessica in the final few hundred metres to set up a sprint finish, with Mallozzi taking the title just one second ahead of Arpinelli, both athletes recoding the joint fastest run splits on the day (17:32). Erin Wallace finished fifth via an 18:37 run split, matching her position from the European Championships at the end of May.

ITU World Junior Triathlon Championships, Lausanne – Friday 30th August 2019
750m / 20km / 5km

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1st – Beatrice Mallozzi (ITA) – 1:00:41
2nd – Costanza Arpinelli (ITA) – 1:00:42
3rd – Jessica Fullagar (FRA) – 1:00:53
4th – Hannah Knighton (NZL) – 1:01:26
5th – Erin Wallace (GBR) – 1:01:47

24th – Sophia Green (GBR) – 1:03:16

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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