There was medal success in all three colours for British athletes at Europe Triathlon Cup, IRONMAN and Challenge events over the weekend.
2021 Europe Triathlon Cup Barcelona
Sunday saw British athletes secure a number of top-ten finishes in Spain, with Connor Bentley and Olivia Mathias winning silver and bronze respectively.
The men’s race saw Bentley battle with and get the better of Jamie Riddle (RSA), with the Brit making his decisive move at the end of the run to earn the silver medal behind David Castro Fajardo (ESP).
Bentley was one of the first out of the water and compatriot Jack Willis wasn’t far behind him. The pair similarly set some of the fastest times across the bike leg before Bentley’s stellar run saw him claim his highest senior finishing position.
Willis finished ninth as athletes from sixth to tenth crossed the line in quick succession. Fellow British athletes Harry Leleu and Barclay Izzard recorded DNFs.
In the women’s race, Mathias’ bronze was the first of three Brits in the top ten as Sophie Alden finished just behind her in fourth and Kate Waugh rounded out the top ten.
Mathias (00:57:44) finished behind two German’s having been outsprinted at the end. Nina Eim (00:57:42) and Lena Meißner (00:57:44) finished in first and second. Alden, who along with Mathias, was first out of the water, battled at the front before just missing out on the podium.
Waugh ran the fourth fastest run leg to secure tenth place, with Annabel Morton running a similarly quick time to finish 17th. Iona Miller and Hollie Elliott crossed the line shortly after in 19th and 22nd respectively. Katie Rodda finished 65th on her senior debut.
IRONMAN 70.3 Lanzarote
It was a double podium for British athletes in the pro women’s race as Nikki Bartlett (second) and India Lee (third) crossed the line behind a dominant Anne Haug (GER).
Lee led out of the water, with Kaidi Kovioja (EST) in second, Haug in third and Bartlett fourth. Across the bike leg, Bartlett rode the fastest split to see her finish the 90km in the lead.
The final stage saw the German run away into the victory, crossing the line eight and a half minutes ahead of Bartlett, with Lee a further two and a half minutes back. Making her pro debut, Lydia Dant finished fifth.
In the men’s race, Danish athlete Daniel Bækkegård took the victory in 04:03:30, with second and third both finishing within five minutes of him. Britain’s Harry Palmer completed his race in 04:23:31 to claim seventh place having finished the swim in 0025:18, the bike in 02:27:22 and run in 01:24:27.
Lucy Hall dominated in Montenegro as the event made its debut. The Brit led from the outset, setting the fastest swim time to open up an early lead which was drastically reduced when suffering a mechanical on the bike.
She managed to sort her chain and get riding again with her lead intact, before increasing the gap to the rest of the field on the run to take the victory.
In the men’s race, Patrick Lange (GER) took the win after Magnus Ditev (DEN) was disqualified post-race for unintentional course cutting having taken the tape.
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