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Brits secure silver in Mixed Team Relay


The British quartet of Sophie Coldwell, Jonathan Brownlee, India Lee and Gordon Benson took the silver medal in the Mixed Team Relay at the ITU World Triathlon Series in Edmonton, Canada.

Coldwell took the first leg for the British team and came out of the swim into T1 in the top three. As the race entered the bike leg she showed her strength to remain in the leading pack.

She had a good T2 and although Summer Rappaport (USA) stretched the run out she tagged in Brownlee in second place.

On the back of his victory in the individual event, he showed his hunger for more success by remaining within the leading pack throughout the race.

Brownlee had a strong bike leg before having a fast T2 to take the run out on his own. He went on to tag Lee with a 14 second lead.

Lee extended her lead in the swim to 16 seconds but was being chased down by America’s Taylor Knibb and New Zealand’s Nicole Van Der Kaay.  

Knibb and Van Der Kaay were catching Lee in the bike leg and with one lap to go they’d closed the gap to six seconds. The Brit was caught and overtaken and came into T2 in third place.

Lee kept up with Knibb while Van Der Kaay stretched out the lead as they tagged in the final athlete.

Great Britain’s Benson was tagged into the race in third place, 15 seconds behind New Zealand’s Hayden Wilde.

Benson had an impressive swim and came out just one second ahead of Wilde, Morgan Pearson (USA) and Matthew Hauser (AUS).

Coming out of T1, Benson was just behind Wilde and with one lap to go there was nothing to separate the pair.

Benson led the way out of T2 but Wilde began striding out and took the lead over the Brit.

The British team took silver nine seconds behind the New Zealand team.

After the race, Benson said: “It was tough. You are always in a vulnerable position when you are out in the front. I wanted to hit the bike hard from the start and two of us got away and started working the gap. I just really enjoyed it to be honest. We are a great team.”

Lee said: “I was pleased with my bike leg. I did struggle a bit once the girls caught me up but once I got on to the run, I didn’t let them go because I didn’t want to let these guys down.”

Brownlee added: “I was tired earlier today but once I got going, I was fine. Relays are great fun and now I’ve been on the podium twice in a weekend. They’re a bit like buses these podiums but it’s been a good weekend.”  

Coldwell concluded: “We’ve got such strength in depth so whatever team we put together; we hopefully have a good performance.”

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