Ben Dijkstra

Ben has won multiple ITU World Series Podiums and U23 ETU gold medals. He trains at the Loughborough Triathlon Performance Centre.

He won junior gold at the ITU World Duathlon championships in 2015. In 2016, he won world triathlon championships elite junior bronze, despite only being 17 in an under 20 category. He repeated that again in 2017 in Rotterdam and then made his Super League debut in Jersey. Much of 2018 was written off through injury, yet his return in 2019 saw him secure gold at the Nottingham Mixed Relay event and gold in both the Mixed U23 Relay at the Grand Final in Lausanne and U23 Men at the ETU in Valencia.

Ben first started in triathlon as a ten-year-old after reading a triathlon magazine. He was already involved in cross country running and has subsequently gone on to race internationally in the sport. Ben is also a record breaker on the athletics track.   

Ben won double gold for Team GB at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games as a fifteen-year-old. He won individual gold in a photo finish with New Zealand’s Daniel Hoy, and was part of Team Europe in the Mixed Relay.

Following the Youth Olympic Games, Dijkstra came 1st overall in the 2015 Tiszaújváros ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup and left the Banyoles ETU Triathlon U23 and Youth European Championships victorious. The year after, Ben reached the ITU Gran Final in Cozumel and came home with a bronze medal from his individual effort and a silver for his contribution to Great Britain’s successful Mixed Relay team.

Major Results

Date Event Position
15th Sep 2019 2019 Valencia ETU Triathlon U23 European Championships 1st
14th Sep 2019 2019 Valencia ETU Triathlon U23 European Championships 1st
1st Sep 2019 2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Lausanne 2nd
30th Aug 2019 2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Lausanne 8th
29th Jun 2019 2019 Holten ETU Sprint Triathlon Premium European Cup 13th
23rd Jun 2019 2019 Antwerp ITU Triathlon World Cup 14th
15th Jun 2019 2019 Accenture World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Nottingham 1st
1st Jun 2019 2019 Weert ETU Triathlon European Championships 38th
18th May 2019 2019 Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup 17th
27th Apr 2019 2019 Quarteira ETU Triathlon European Cup 2nd
24th Mar 2019 2019 Huelva ETU Triathlon European Cup and Iberoamerican Championships 3rd
27th Oct 2018 2018 Funchal ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup Final 7th
2nd Sep 2018 2018 Karlovy Vary ITU Triathlon World Cup 23rd
16th Sep 2017 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam 3rd
19th Aug 2017 2017 Lausanne ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup 1st
1st Jul 2017 2017 Holten ETU Sprint Triathlon Premium European Cup 2nd
7th May 2017 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup 20th
7th May 2017 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup 20th
6th May 2017 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup 8th
17th Sep 2016 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel 2nd
16th Sep 2016 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel 3rd
19th Jun 2016 2016 Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup 12th
18th Jun 2016 2016 Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup 4th
17th Oct 2015 2015 Adelaide ITU Duathlon World Championships 1st
17th Sep 2015 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago 8th
8th Aug 2015 2015 Tiszaujvaros ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup 1st
8th Aug 2015 2015 Tiszaujvaros ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup 2nd
26th Jul 2015 2015 Banyoles ETU Triathlon U23 and Youth European Championships 1st
11th Jul 2015 2015 Geneva ETU Triathlon European Championships 3rd
22nd Mar 2015 2015 Quarteira ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup 1st
18th Aug 2014 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games 1st
19th Jul 2014 2014 Geneva ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup 2nd
29th Jun 2014 2014 Penza ETU Triathlon U23 and Youth European Championships 2nd
17th May 2014 2014 Weert ETU Triathlon European YOG Qualifier 1st

He made steady progress throughout 2017, with consistent podium finishes in the latter half of the year. Ben left the Lausanne ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup with a gold medal and the ITU Grand Final at Rotterdam with yet another bronze. Unfortunately, an injury plagued 2018 meant that Dijkstra only attended two events late on in the Autumn season.

However, 2019 was a different story for Ben with the Loughborough-based athlete winning silver at the Quarteira ETU Triathlon European Cup in April and two months later he was part of the British Mixed Relay team that won gold in Nottingham. Ben would feature heavily on the podium in September, with a 2nd place finish in the Mixed Relay at Lausanne being followed by two gold medals in Valencia at the U23 European Championships.

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