Brits line up for European Championships in Munich


Off the back of a successful Commonwealth Games for Home Nation athletes, they will be back competing as a Great Britain team at another multi-sport event this weekend.

The European Championships are a nine-sport competition which will see thousands of athletes from across the continent head to Munich in pursuit of medal glory, with women's, men’s and mixed relay triathlon part of the schedule.

Both individual races take place across the standard distance with the women’s first on Friday 12 August at 16:15 (BST).

Non Stanford, Sophie Alden, Iona Miller and Issy Morris will pull on the GBR trisuit in Germany, with Stanford and Morris heading out having represented Team Wales at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Stanford was part of the Welsh mixed relay team who claimed silver in Birmingham and will be part of another high-quality field that includes Laura Lindemann (GER), Rachel Klamer (NED) and Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) who finished third at the previous European Championships in Glasgow 2018.

The men’s race will kick off at 14:00 (BST) on Saturday 13 August, with Britain represented by Barclay Izzard, Harry Leleu, Jack Willis and, also fresh from Birmingham, Dan Dixon and Grant Sheldon who represented England and Scotland respectively.

A strong start list for the men’s race includes Dorian Coninx (FRA), Leo Bergere (FRA) and Jelle Geens (BEL). Winner from 2018, Pierre Le Corre of France, will also be on the start line looking to defend his title.

Munich’s Olympiapark will host s spectrum of sport throughout the two-week event. Built for the 1972 Olympic Games, the park will host athletics, gymnastics, mountain biking and BMX as well as triathlon for the Championships.

The 1,500m swim will consist of two-laps in the Olympiasee lake, before athletes head out of the water and into T1 next to the swimming pool.

An eight-lap bike course will see the athletes complete 4.9km loops through the park and around the local area, coming through transition to start each new lap.

Following the 39.2km bike leg, there will be a 10km run consisting of four 2.5km laps. The route will take athletes along the paths within the park. The finish line is situated parallel to transition where the 2022 European Champions will be crowned.

The mixed relay will take place on Sunday 14 August at 17:00 (BST) where the national quartets will compete, with each athlete completing a 300m swim, 7.2km bike and 1.6km run.

The short, sharp distances will provide fast-paced action, with all three disciplines taking place on the roads and paths within the Olympiapark.

The triathlon racing will be available to view as part of the BBC coverage of the event across TV, Red Button and online.

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