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Despite difficult circumstances arising from the war in his home country, Vitalii Vorontsov has burst onto the world triathlon scene in recent years and now hopes to put his country on the sporting map by qualifying to compete at the Paris Olympics.
The 23-year-old Ukrainian athlete believes that taking part in this year’s Super League Triathlon Championship Series as part of Chris McCormack’s Bahrain Victorious Scorpions roster will help give him the added experience needed to realise that dream.
“The men’s national team of Ukraine was not represented in Tokyo, so I would like to break this and represent Ukraine in Paris 2024, despite all the difficult circumstances it is going through,’ Vorontsov said. “It has become clear to me that Ukrainian athletes must continue to compete and show the world that even in extremely difficult conditions, we can be strong and glorify our nation.”
After a childhood of swimming, Vorontsov came to the sport of triathlon at 15. Since then, his career has gone from strength to strength, including taking the win at the 2019 European Junior Cup in Alanya, before moving into the elite ranks.
It won’t be Vorontsov’s first taste of Super League action either. Earlier this year he raced at Arena Games Triathlon Powered by Zwift 2023, where he put on a strong show, finishing seventh at the season opener in Montreal, and narrowly missing out on the final to finish in 13th place at the series finale in London.
Outdoors it has been a busy year of racing and travelling, and there can be few triathletes who have visited as many countries as Vorontsov in 2023. Second place in an Americas Triathlon Cup in Salinas, Ecuador was followed up with 16th place at the European Championships in Madrid, then a trip to Huatulco in Mexico before another Americas Cup runner-up spot in Chinchiná in Colombia.
Vorontsov was proud to represent his nation in the European Games in Krakow where he finished 33rd, and also travelled to Balikesir in Turkey to compete in more European Championships, this time in the super sprint and team mixed relay – formats that should help when it comes to mixing it with the best in Super League.
Racing isn’t just about achieving results for Vorontsov but also about helping fly the Ukrainian flag on the world stage. He was also grateful for the return of a national championship in southwest Ukraine in July, where he took the under-23 and mixed team relay titles and was runner-up in the individual event. Having fought his way into the world’s top 100, anything he can achieve in the SLT series will be seen as a bonus.
Results posted shortly after the race may contain errors.
RR - Race Ready | TBD - To Be Determined | DNS - Did Not Start | DNF - Did Not Finish
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