Nothing ‘Standard’ about the British results in The Netherlands…
Sunday’s Age World Championship events brought to a conclusion the racing at the 2017 Rotterdam ITU World Triathlon Grand Final. A twisty and technical course seemed to produce few problems for the in-form British athletes, who will return home from Holland with a haul of 20 medals from the Standard Distance race. That total has not been seen since the event was held on home soil four years ago in Hyde Park, and was matched only by the large, travelling team from the USA.
In winning the 20-24 Men’s category, Beau Smith was also the fastest male athlete of the day across all categories, with Samuel Wade (25-29), the third fastest finisher. He collected the Silver medal in his division, to add to the Gold he won four years ago in London.
The fantastic 2017 season of Michelle Willcocks (30-34) continued. In winning her category by over two minutes, she adds a further Gold to that she won in the European Championships over the Sprint distance earlier this year in Dusseldorf. Michelle’s finishing time was only beaten all day by Jacqueline Godbe (USA), the 25-29 champion.
Sarah Barrett (70-74) was the only British athlete to defend a Standard Distance title won in Cozumel 12 months ago, having moved up a division from the 65-69 category last year.
Here is a run-down of all of the British Standard Distance Age-Group podium finishers from Rotterdam. Congratulations to you all.
ITU Age-Group Triathlon World Championships, Rotterdam
Sunday 17th September 2017
Standard Distance, Non-Drafting – 1.5km / 40km / 10km
- Beau Smith - 20-24 Male AG
- Michelle Willcocks - 30-34 Female AG
- Donald Brooks - 40-44 Male AG
- Patricia Bell - 65-69 Female AG
- Sarah Barrett 70-74 Female AG
- James Scott Farrington - 20-24 Male AG
- Samuel Wade - 25-29 Male AG
- Victoria Baker - 30-34 Female AG
- Daniel Jenkin - 30-34 Male AG
- Stuart Robinson - 55-59 Male AG
- Sue Bathgate - 65-69 -Female AG
- Christopher Owens - 65-69 Male AG
- Rosie Weston - 18-19 Female AG
- Kate Mactear - 20-24 Female AG
- Jazmin Rogers - 30-34 Female AG
- Mireille Cook - 40-44 Female AG
- Matthew Barnes - 40-44 Male AG
- James Long - 45-49 Male AG
- Deborah Lloyd - 55-59 Female AG
- Selwyn Parker - 75-79 Male AG