The European Triathlon Cup in Melilla and Yenisehir Review




In the African city of Melilla, located on the southern Mediterranean coast, the European Triathlon Cup took place. The men’s prize winners are currently ranked within the second hundred in the world rankings. Among them were Ukrainians Oleksii Astafiev Kulish, Sergey Kostenko, and among the women, Maryna Kyryk, Sofiya Pryyma, and Daryna Moskalenko, who made her season debut. Sofiya earned points towards the world ranking.

Illia Honcharuk finished among the juniors. Yeva Soroka finished 7th, completing the run segment in 19 and a half minutes. She scored points in the European Cup in Quartiera, debuting at 15th position, and after Melilla, she climbed to sixth place in the junior ranking.

Dana Soroka and Sofiia Bondarenko finished in the second ten. Dana swam with a 30-second gap along with Spaniard Cristina Jiménez-Orta Guerrero and Slovakian Margareta Vrablova. In the transition zone, Dana delayed, taking half a minute longer than the Slovakian. Vrablova finished first, with Cristina second. Dana finished 11th, earning her first points and debuting in the ranking at 20th place. Sofiia Bondarenko finished 16th, completing the distance in 21 minutes and scoring points, debuting in the ranking at 27th place.

Thanks to these results, Ukraine climbed six positions in the Nations Cup, finishing the European Cup in Melilla in sixth place among 19 European countries.

At the Junior European Triathlon Cup in Yenisehir, Fedir Bezlepkin contributed to keeping Ukraine among the top ten in the Nations Cup. The Ukrainian finished 15th with a time of 56 minutes and 59 seconds, running the five kilometers in 17 minutes and 13 seconds. Last year, he competed in Yenisehir, taking 8 minutes and 2 seconds longer than this year. This allowed him to score 145 points and become the first man to earn points for Ukraine in the junior ranking this season. Following the European Cup in Yenisehir, Ukraine remains among the top ten leading European nations.