Yuliya Oleksandrivna Yelistratova (Ukrainian: Юлія Олександрівна Єлістратова; born 15 February 1988 in Ovruch, Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukraine, 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.
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 decorated 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 Beijing 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. Having won the gold medal in 2007 and the silver medals in 2006 and 2008, Sapunova was definitely among the prospective winners in the triathlon in Alanyabut but, like one third of the competitors, she 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.
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Yelistratova ITU results include:
|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|
|2006-09-02||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|
|2007-05-13||World Cup||Richards Bay||39|
|2007-06-30||European Championships (Junior)||Copenhagen||4|
|2007-10-24||Premium European Cup||Alanya||1|
|2008-05-04||World Cup||Richards Bay||12|
|2008-06-08||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||World Championship Series||Tongyeong||31|
|2009-06-20||European Championships (U23)||Tarzo Revine||1|
|2009-07-12||World Championship Series||Kitzbühel||6|
|2009-07-25||Premium Asia Cup||Beijing||1|
|2009-08-22||World Championship Series||Yokohama||21|
|2009-09-11||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||World Championship Series||Sydney||34|
|2010-05-08||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||World Championship Series||Sydney||29|
|2011-06-04||World Championship Series||Madrid||35|
|2011-06-18||World Championship Series||Kitzbuhel||47|
|2011-06-26||European Championships (Elite Mix Relay)||Pontevedra||2|
|2011-08-06||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. Retrieved 12 December 2009. According to a dead weblink still existent in the Google cache, http://wztx.com/SAPUNOVA+Yuliya.htm,[permanent dead link] however, Yelistratova was born in Zaporozhye. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
- "Yuliya Yelistratova Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
- 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.[permanent dead link] Retrieved 12 December 2009.
- See http://triathlon.org.ua/news/208--l-r.[permanent dead link] Retrieved 30 January 2011.
- "ITU Results". International Triathlon Union. 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.[permanent dead link] 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.[permanent dead link] Retrieved 12 December 2009.
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