Yuliya Yelistratova (also known as Yuliya Sapunova, born 15 February 1988 in Ovruch, Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukraine), Ukrainian Юлія Єлістратова (patronymic: Олександрівна), Russian Юлия Елистратова, is a professional Ukrainian triathlete, European U23 Champion of the year 2009, Number 1 in the ITU ranking (Women’s Standing) of the year 2009 with by far the highest “total number of races” (6), several times National Champion in various categories and member of the Ukrainian National Team. She competed at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.
From 2008 to 2010 Yelistratova was married with Danylo Sapunov (born 5 April 1982), a well known Russian triathlete originating from Kazakhstan and now Ukrainian citizen, who was also Yelistratova's trainer. In the official rankings Yelistratova's name was replaced with Sapunova, even in pre-marriage rankings, but from 2011 onwards in official rankings the ITU exclusively uses her maiden name again: Yelistratova (Ukrainian Єлістратова, Russian Елистратова). Apart from being a full-time triathlete Yelistratova also studied Management at the Agricultural University of Zhytomyr (Ukrainian Національний агроуніверситет or Russian Государственный агроэкологический университет Украины в Житомире) and finished her studies in 2010.
On 27 October 2004, Yelistratova took part in her first elite race and placed 9th at the European Cup in Alanya, so at the age of 15 at her Elite debut she effortlessly achieved a top-ten position among the world elite. Since then she has continuously won medals in numerous international events. She is also decoreated with the title Master of Sports (Мастер срорта, International Class).
In 2009 Yelistratova took part in four competitions of the prestigious Dextro Energy World Championship Series. In Tongyeong she placed 31st (Elite), in Kitzbühel 6th (Elite), in Yokohama 21st (Elite), and at the Grand Final in Southport (Gold Coast) 5th (U23). At the two World Cup triathlons in Mooloolaba and Tiszaújváros she placed 19th and 5th respectively (Elite), at the European Cup in Brno and the Premium Asia Cup in Beijng she won the gold medals and at the beginning of this season, on 20 June 2009, she won the European U23 Championships in Tarzo Revine. The two last races in 2009 again underlined Sapunova’s dominating role: the U23 triathlete won the gold medal at the Elite Premium European Cup in Eilat and placed 5th at the Elite World Cup in Huatulco. The triathlon in Alanya, however, was under a bad omen. Having won the gold medal in 2007 and the silver medals in 2006 and 2008, Sapunova was definitely among the prospective winners but, like one third of the competitors, did not finish the race, for reasons unknown.
The National Ukrainian Championships of 2009 were won by Inna Tsyganok, who like Sapunova originates from the north Ukrainian town Zhytomyr and also represents the local sports club Dinamo (Дінамо, Russian Динамо). Giving precedence to, and winning at, the European Cup in Brno, Sapunova obviously decided not to take part in the National Championships of 2009.
In 2010, Sapunova placed 2nd at the U23 European Championships and 11th at the U23 World Championships and finally, after disappointing positions in some preceding competitions, again she won a gold medal at the World Cup in Tiszaújváros.
Yelistratova's new coach for the season 2011 is the famous triathlon expert Sergio Santos.
In the seven years from 2004 to 2010, Yelistratova took part in 62 ITU competitions and achieved 32 top ten positions.
The following list is based upon the official ITU rankings and the athlete's Profile Page. Unless indicated otherwise, all rankings refer to the Elite category.
|2005-07-23||European Championships (Junior)||Alexandroupoli(s)||9|
|2005-09-10||World Championships (Junior)||Gamagori||14|
|2005-10-26||Premium European Cup||Alanya||8|
|2006-06-23||European Championships (Junior)||Autun||5|
|2006-07-08||European Cup (Junior)||Rijeka||2|
|2006-08-13||BG World Cup||Tiszaújváros||20|
|2006-09-02||World Championships (Junior)||Lausanne||4|
|2006-10-07||Duathlon European Championships (Junior)||Rimini||7|
|2006-10-18||European Cup (Junior)||Alanya||2|
|2006-10-28||European Cup (Junior)||Eilat||1|
|2007-03-25||BG World Cup||Mooloolaba||40|
|2007-04-15||BG World Cup||Ishigaki||22|
|2007-05-13||BG World Cup||Richards Bay||39|
|2007-06-03||BG World Cup||Madrid||22|
|2007-06-10||BG World Cup||Vancouver||20|
|2007-06-30||European Championships (Junior)||Copenhagen||4|
|2007-08-11||BG World Cup||Tiszaújváros||4|
|2007-08-31||BG World Championships||Hamburg||4|
|2007-09-15||BG World Cup||Beijing||47|
|2007-10-07||BG World Cup||Rhodes||35|
|2007-10-24||Premium European Cup||Alanya||1|
|2007-11-04||BG World Cup||Cancun||20|
|2008-04-13||BG World Cup||Ishigaki||18|
|2008-04-26||BG World Cup||Tongyeong||17|
|2008-05-04||BG World Cup||Richards Bay||12|
|2008-05-25||BG World Cup||Madrid||26|
|2008-06-08||BG World Championships (U23)||Vancouver||7|
|2008-09-06||European Championships (U23)||Pulpí||2|
|2008-10-26||Premium European Cup||Alanya||2|
|2008-11-15||Asia Cup||Hong Kong||5|
|2009-05-02||Dextro Energy World Championship Series||Tongyeong||31|
|2009-06-20||European Championships (U23)||Tarzo Revine||1|
|2009-07-12||Dextro Energy World Championship Series||Kitzbühel||6|
|2009-07-25||Premium Asia Cup||Beijing||1|
|2009-08-22||Dextro Energy World Championship Series||Yokohama||21|
|2009-09-11||Dextro Energy World Championship Series (U23), Grand Final||Gold Coast||5|
|2009-10-17||Premium Asian Cup||Hong Kong||2|
|2009-10-25||Premium European Cup||Alanya||DNF|
|2009-11-21||Premium European Cup||Eilat||1|
|2010-04-11||Dextro Energy World Championship Series||Sydney||34|
|2010-05-08||Dextro Energy World Championship Series||Seoul||32|
|2010-05-15||Premium Asian Cup||Fuzhou||DNF|
|2010-08-28||European Championships (U23)||Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto)||2|
|2010-09-08||World Championships (U23)||Budapest||11|
|2010-10-23||Asian Cup||Hong Kong||4|
|2011-04-09||Dextro Energy World Championship Series||Sydney||29|
|2011-06-04||Dextro Energy World Championship Series||Madrid||35|
|2011-06-18||Dextro Energy World Championship Series||Kitzbuhel||47|
|2011-06-26||European Championships (Elite Mix Relay)||Pontevedra||2|
|2011-08-06||Dextro Energy World Championship Series||London||55|
|2011-08-21||European Cup||Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad)|
- See http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/sa/yuliya-sapunova-1.html. Rertrieved 12 December 2009. According to a dead weblink still existent in the Google cache, http://wztx.com/SAPUNOVA+Yuliya.htm, however, Yelistratova was born in Zaporozhye. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
- "Yuliya Yelistratova Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
- See http://zhzh.info/publ/4-1-0-1690. The photograph reproduced on this page by Журнал Житомира is copied from Wikimedia but this Ukrainian journal wrongly marked it copyright: zhzh.info. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
- See http://triathlon.org.ua/fileadmin/templates/images/lvov_17-19.07.09/%D0%B6%D0%B5%D0%BD%D1%89%D0%B8%D0%BD%D1%8B.pdf. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
- See http://triathlon.org.ua/news/208--l-r. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
- See http://archive.triathlon.org/zpg/zresults-ath-dtl.php?id=MjYyNg==. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
- This competition is missing in the ITU lists of all participating athletes, though it may be found in this hidden place: http://www2.triathlon.org/etu-website/ns/events/2004/alanya/results-women-alanya2004.htm. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
- The European Championships of 2005 in Alexandroupoli(s) are not indicated in any of the Profile Pages of the participating triathletes, though it can be found e.g. on this hidden page: http://www2.triathlon.org/etu-website/ns/events/2005/alexandroupoli/results-alexandroupolis2005-jf.pdf. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
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