Ukraine’s Yuliya Yelistratova Wins Gold at Tartu Triathlon
Kyiv, July 23, 2013.Yuliya Yelistratova overcame 24 other competitors to take gold at the final European Sprint Triathlon of the year, in Estonia’s second largest city, Tartu. Demonstrating her hard work over the recent months, Yelistratova achieved her first European sprint victory since 2010. Yelistratova finished the race with a time of 01:02:40.
In 2009, Yelistratova was ranked as the number one women’s U23 triathlete in the International Triathlon Union (ITU) standings. She is a member of the Ukrainian national team and has competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Championships.
In 2004, Yelistratova began her career as an elite triathlete. An elite triathlete is a licensed competitor that has completed one of six criterions. These criterion include, finish within 8percent of the winning elite time on the same course as the elites (distance and format) in three sanctioned events, finish top-10 overall and within 8 percent of the winner’s time at the ITU Age Group Olympic Distance World Championships, finish top-10 overall in the amateur field at Ironman 140.6 World Championships in Kona, finish top-5 overall and within 8 percent of the winner’s time at USAT Age Group Olympic Distance National Championships, finish top-5 overall and within 8 percent of the winner’s time at USAT Collegiate Olympic Distance National Championships, and finish top-3 overall in the amateur field at an Elite Qualifying Race.
Since becoming an elite athlete, Yelistratova has been decorated with various medals. To note some of her most significant accomplishments, Yelistratova came in first at the 2007 Premium European Cup in Alanya, 2008 Asia Cup in Burabay, 2009 U23 European Championships in Tarzo Revine, 2009 European Cup in Brno, 2009 Premium Asian Cup in Beijing, 2009 Premium European Cup in Eilat, and 2010 World Cup in Tiszaújváros.
Roksolana Ishchuk and Anna Abdulova were two other Ukrainian women competitors at the Tartu Sprint Triathlon. They placed 21st and 22nd respectively.
On the men’s side, Ukraine’s Anton Vitolin took 8th out of 45 with the time of 00:56:11. Also Dmytro Maliar of Ukriane took 22nd. While Vitolin could not break into the top three, he was not far behind first place Kristian Blummenfelt who finished at 00:55:36.
Ukraine is a member of the European Triathlon Union (ETU). The ETU was established in 1984 to develop races around Europe. Currently, there are over 30 national federations with the number growing each year.