Catch up on the action from the weekend...
Dave Ellis (PTVI) is back to golden form. Leading the race after the first transition, Ellis and his guide Luke Pollard were the fastest on the run (00:17:15), crossing the line in 01:04:28 to beat out Antoine Perel (FRA) and Lazar Filipovic (SRB) and finish 1st.
In the PTS2 category, Andrew Lewis and Stuart Meikle completed a one-two podium respectively. The pair dominated the race as Lewis recorded the fastest times in both the swim and run disciplines, crossing the line in 01:13:55, whilst Meikle clocked the fastest bike leg (00:32:13).
Joshua Landmann (PTCW) improved on his previous 6th place finish at Alanya, crossing the line in 5th place.
The Funchal ETU Sprint ended in a dramatic photo-finish between Samuel Dickinson and Rostislav Pevtsov (AZE). The result was an unfortunate one for Dickinson, who was relegated to 2nd place after the decision was made. Despite the outcome, Dickinson had a strong race that resulted in yet another medal to add to his tally for 2019.
After a fast run (00:14:49), James Teagle crossed the line around 20 seconds off podium pace in 7th. He was followed by his compatriots Calum Johnson in 13th, Iestyn Harrett in 18th and Cameron Maine in 23rd.
Sophie Coldwell took 5th place in Sunday’s Equalizer final. She finished 3rd in the group B semi-final behind overall leader Katie Zaferes (USA) and 2nd place Rachel Klamer (NED). Coldwell recorded the fastest swim out of any of the women in the semi-final with a blistering time of 0:03:17.837.
Coldwell takes 11 points from Malta, which brings her to 20 points and 5th place in the overall leaderboard, just two points behind 4th place Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA).
After a positive start in the semi-finals from Christopher Perham, he was eliminated during the final run section with just one lap remaining. After facing tough opposition, including Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, Perham will return to Britain with valuable racing experience and look forward to next year’s competition.
British youth and junior athletes found success in Malta over the weekend. Dominating the Boys Youth Enduro, the podium was made up of Daniel Dixon (1st), Hamish Reilly (2nd) and Ryan Symington (3rd).
Dominic Coy was just seconds away from the podium, crossing the line in 4th place. The top-ten largely consisted of British athletes, including Skip Snelson (6th), Jack Stanton-Stock (7th) and Joe Sherman (8th).
The Girls Youth Enduro was also the scene of British success as Lizzy Edge took bronze and Anna Hedley (5th), Martha Carlton-Seal (9th) and Daisy Davies (10th) all made the top-ten.
For the Junior races, Marcus Day finished in 4th place, followed by Andrew Rolland (8th), Forbes Jackson (9th), Reuben Trotter (10th) and Morgan West (12th).
The two British athletes to cross the finish line in the Girls Junior Enduro were Jessica Humphreys and Rosie Allen, who placed 5th and 6th respectively.
Christopher Wheeler took 7th place overall and 1st out of his Age-Group (M30-34), finishing in 05:18:09.