Yuliya Yelistratova

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Yelistratova at the World Cup triathlon in Tiszaújvaros, 2011.
Yelistratova at the World Championship Series triathlon in Kitzbuhel, 2011.
Yelistratova at the World Championship triathlon in Kitzbuhel, 2011.
Yelistratova before the unfortunate race in Alanya, 2009.
Yelistratova at the European Cup in Tiszaújváros, 2009.
Yelistratova at the Grand Final of the Dextro Energy World Championship Series, Gold Coast 2009.

Yuliya Yelistratova (also known as Yuliya Sapunova, born 15 February 1988 in Ovruch, Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukraine),[1] 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.[2]

Private Life[edit]

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.[3]

Sports career[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5]

ITU Competitions[edit]

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.[6] Unless indicated otherwise, all rankings refer to the Elite category.

Date Competition Place Rank
  2004-10-27   European Cup Alanya[7] 9
  2005-07-23   European Championships (Junior) Alexandroupoli(s)[8] 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
  2008-07-06   Asia Cup Burabay 1
  2008-08-03   European Cup Egirdir 3
  2008-08-18   Olympic Games Beijing 24
  2008-09-06   European Championships (U23) Pulpí 2
  2008-09-28   Asia Cup Suixian 5
  2008-10-26   Premium European Cup Alanya 2
  2008-11-15   Asia Cup Hong Kong 5
  2009-03-29   World Cup Mooloolaba 19
  2009-05-02   Dextro Energy World Championship Series Tongyeong 31
  2009-06-20   European Championships (U23) Tarzo Revine 1
  2009-06-27   Elite Cup Hy-Vee 21
  2009-07-12   Dextro Energy World Championship Series Kitzbühel 6
  2009-07-18   European Cup Brno 1
  2009-07-25   Premium Asia Cup Beijing 1
  2009-08-09   World Cup Tiszaújváros 5
  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
  2009-11-08   World Cup Huatulco 5
  2009-11-21   Premium European Cup Eilat 1
  2010-03-28   World Cup Mooloolaba 26
  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
  2010-06-12   Elite Cup Hy-Vee 28
  2010-07-03   European Championships Athlone 18
  2010-07-10   World Cup Holten 12
  2010-08-08   World Cup Tiszaújváros 1
  2010-08-28   European Championships (U23) Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto) 2
  2010-09-08   World Championships (U23) Budapest 11
  2010-10-10   World Cup Huatulco 28
  2010-10-16   World Cup Tongyeong 17
  2010-10-23   Asian Cup Hong Kong 4
  2011-03-26   World Cup Mooloolaba 28
  2011-04-09   Dextro Energy World Championship Series Sydney 29
  2011-04-17   World Cup Ishigaki 16
  2011-06-04   Dextro Energy World Championship Series Madrid 35
  2011-06-18   Dextro Energy World Championship Series Kitzbuhel 47
  2011-06-24   European Championships Pontevedra 5
  2011-06-26   European Championships (Elite Mix Relay) Pontevedra 2
  2011-07-03   European Cup Penza 2
  2011-08-06   Dextro Energy World Championship Series London 55
  2011-08-14   World Cup Tiszaújváros 20
  2011-08-21   European Cup Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad)


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "Yuliya Yelistratova Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ See http://triathlon.org.ua/news/208--l-r. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  6. ^ See http://archive.triathlon.org/zpg/zresults-ath-dtl.php?id=MjYyNg==. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 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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