UIPM 2022 Youth World Championships: France finish strong to win U17 Men’s Relay
France won their first title of the UIPM 2022 Youth World Championships in Lignano Sabbiadoro (ITA) as Axel Fleurot and Karl Furderer earned an impressive gold medal in the Under 17 Men’s Relay.
Osama Zaki and Yassin Elhady added to Egypt’s burgeoning medal tally with silver as Krystian Trepczyk and Bartosz Szmytke of Poland won bronze.
The day also featured the Under 19 Men’s Semi-finals, with 18 athletes progressing to the Final.
Under 17 Men’s Relay
It was Poland (Trepczyk/Szmytke) who set the pace in the pool with a terrific swim of 1min 52.11sec, more than 5sec faster than 2nd-placed Egypt (Zaki/Elhady) with France (Fleurot/Furderer) timing also among six teams going under the 2min mark.
It meant that France (Fleurot/Furderer) and Egypt (Zaki/Elhady) started the Laser Run 12sec and 10sec respectively behind the leaders, but Poland (Trepczyk/Szmytke) were unable to defend their position and a scorching Laser Run of 8:04.59 enabled France (Fleurot/Furderer) to build an unassailable lead.
Egypt (Zaki/Elhady) timed 8:21.26 to finish 16sec ahead of Poland (Trepczyk/Szmytke), whose compatriots Igor Radomyski and Adam Machaj crossed the line 4th ahead of 5th-placed Mexico (Gandhy Miranda & Axel Gomez). Oleksandr Melnyk and Oleksandr Klymenko of Ukraine completed the top six.
Under 19 Men’s Semi-finals
Thirty-six athletes took part in the Men’s Semi-final to determine which 18 would progress to the Final on Super Sunday (September 11).
Semi-final A was won by Jeongwook Son of Korea with 1141 points, 5sec ahead of both Diego Lavillat (FRA) and Roman Popov (UKR).
The winner of Semi-final B was also Korean, as Chanwoo Shin crossed the line with 1142 points, 2sec ahead of trio Quinn Schulz of Canada, Etienne Clergeau (FRA) and Moutaz Mohamed (EGY).
Watch and follow
The UIPM 2022 Youth World Championships runs from September 4-11, concluding on ‘Super Sunday’, September 11, with the Men’s and Women’s U19 Finals and the U17 Mixed Relay.
Visit the UIPM website or download ‘UIPM Central’ from your app store to keep track of live results throughout the UIPM 2022 Youth World Championships.
UIPM 2022 Youth World Championships (U19/U17)
September 11: (U19) Women’s Final; Men’s Final; (U17) Mixed Relay