Buckingham wins in Banyoles
Mark Buckingham won gold yesterday after securing his first ever ETU European Cup victory in Banyoles, Spain.
Mark’s victory was all the sweeter having previously just missed out on the podium in 2012, finishing fourth when this event was an ITU World Cup.
The opening swim was tough for Mark, who excited the water towards the back end of the race, however a blistering bike saw the UK Sport lottery funded athlete, race through the field to record the fastest split of the day. He continued that momentum on the run, to secure his victory with a winning time of 01:47.49.
Mark was 22-seconds ahead of Peter Kerr (01:48.11) of Australia and Sam Ward of New Zealand in third (01:48.14).
Mark wasn’t the only Brit on the podium with Lois Rosindale
finishing third in a close women’s race.
Cassan Ferrier of France won in 01:59.46, with Felicity Sheedy-Ryan of Australia in second (01:59.54), thirteen seconds ahead of Lois (02:00.07). Heather Sellars was sixth in 02:01.27.
27th Phil Wolfe
47th Calum Johnson
6th Heather Sellars