British Triathletes Enjoy IRONMAN and Challenge Success


British triathletes enjoyed success over the weekend in IRONMAN and Challenge events as they secured five medals across three events.

Lucy Buckingham took gold at 2023 IRONMAN 70.3 Knokke-Heist with a time of 04:13:57. The Brit put in the fastest swim and bike times of the day before holding onto first place on the run, with fellow Brit Lizzie Rayner crossing just nine second behind her to secure second place.  

Abigail Bedwell was the next Brit over the line as she finished ninth. Rosie Weston narrowly missed out on a top-ten finish as she ended the day in 12th with Rachel Brown in 17th. 

In the men’s race, a third fastest run time helped Harry Palmer cross the line in 03:43:08 to secure a bronze medal behind Germany’s Wilhelm Hirsch (second) and Belgium’s Pieter Heemeryck (first). 

 Jack Hutchens’ time of 03:46:20 was enough for a top-ten finish as he came ninth with fellow Brit William Cowen finishing in 30th. James Scott-Farrington was the fourth Brit on the start-line, but he dropped out on the bike.  

At 2023 Challenge Samarkand, Emma Pallant-Browne was on the podium as she finished in second place behind Australia’s Ellie Salthouse. While in the men’s race Luke Matthews’ time of 03:57:57 helped him secure fifth place, either side of French duo Gaetan Fetaud (fourth) and Simon Billeau (fifth).  

David McNamee was the only British athlete to finish in under eight hours, as he put in the fastest run time of the day to take second place at 2023 IRONMAN Italy. The Brit’s time of 07:43:15 saw him finish just behind Belgian Stenn Goetstouwers and almost two minutes clear of Finland’s Henrik Goesch in third. Further back Benjamin Goodfellow led a trio of British athletes over the line as he finished 18th ahead of Thomas Davis (19th) and Andrew Horsfall-Turner (20th).

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