Meshcheryakov on Top in Ishigaki

Meshcheryakov on Top in Ishigaki

By Brad Culp on 25/04/10 at 9:51 am

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Russian Valentin Meshcheryakov claims his first World Cup title in Ishigaki

Russian Valentin Meshcheryakov claimed his first World Cup title on Sunday in Ishigaki with a time of 1:54:02. Japan’s Yuichi Hosoda also secured his first World Cup podium, finishing just five seconds back. Ryosuke Yamamoto rounded out the podium.

After a tight swim, a big lead pack of 24 men came together on the bike. Aussie Clayton Fettell managed a big escape from the pack on the fifth lap of the bike and started the run with a two-minute advantage on the field.

Onto the run, a chase group including Meshcheryakov, Hosodo, Yamamoto, David Dellow (AUS) and Manuel Huerta (USA) set off at a fast pace, with fresh legs thanks to being able to sit in the pack on the bike. The chase pack had no problems catching Fettell, and heading into the final lap, Meshcheryakov, Hosoda, Yamamoto were running side by side. In the end, no man could match Meshcheryakov’s leg speed, and the Russian pulled away in the final stretch to secure his first World Cup title.

“I’m really satisfied with my results. It’s my first podium and I’m very happy about this,” said Meshcheryakov. “I didn’t believe that I could catch the leader until the end of the race, but I did that and I am very happy.”

“I’m very excited because it’s my first podium ever, and it’s my home turf” said Hosoda. “I think the cheers from my home-country supporters was the power for me to get on the podium today.”

ITU Triathlon World Cup Ishigaki is the longest running ITU World Cup event celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. The Island becomes a triathlon mecca in Japan’s triathlon scene during race weekend, drawing over 1,700 age-group triathletes from all over the region. It is the largest triathlon festival in Japan and has helped establish Ishigaki as a Japanese sporting hub.

Elite Men

1. Valentin Mechsheryakov KAZ KZ 01:54:02
2. Yuichi Hosoda JPN JP 01:54:07
3. Ryosuke Yamamoto JPN JP 01:54:19
4. David Dellow AUS AU 01:54:43
5. Clayton Fettell AUS AU 01:54:46
6. Hiroki Sugimoto JPN JP 01:54:50
7. Manuel Huerta PUR PR 01:55:03
8. Jan Celustka CZE CZ 01:55:04
9. Balázs Pocsai HUN HU 01:55:07
10. Ben Collins USA US 01:55:09

Elite Women

1. Kiyomi Niwata JPN JP 02:07:21
2. Liz Blatchford GBR GB 02:07:32
3. Tomoko Sonoda JPN JP 02:08:11
4. Holly Aitken AUS AU 02:08:36
5. Keira Pride AUS AU 02:08:36
6. Akane Tsuchihashi JPN JP 02:08:40
7. Mariko Adachi JPN JP 02:09:07
8. Yuka Sato JPN JP 02:10:04
9. Keiko Tanaka JPN JP 02:10:28
10. Melissa Trims AUS AU 02:11:16

Find more details about this event - 2010 Ishigaki ITU Triathlon World Cup