Catch up on the elite action from the weekend


Great Britain was represented at Europe Triathlon, World Triathlon, IRONMAN World Championship and French Grand Prix racing this weekend.

Kieran Lindars led the success this weekend as he took silver at 2023 Europe Triathlon Challenge Long Distance Championships Almere.

The Brit was consistent across all three disciplines, coming out of the water sixth before delivering the second fastest bike split of the race. His last leg was equally as strong and, despite the physical challenges he suffered in the final stages, completing the run in 02:52:56 to cross the line for silver behind Dutch athlete Menno Koolhaas.

Christopher Walker came home in 13th, completing the course in 08:34:06 whilst fellow Brit Tom Bishop recorded a DNF.

Further east within Europe and it was World Triathlon Cup action for Barclay Izzard, Jack Willis, Sam Dickinson, Marcus Dey and Sophie Alden.

In the men’s race, Izzard was the fastest of the men around the course as he completed the 1,500m swim, 40.8km bike and 10km run in 01:53:57 to finish sixth as American Morgan Pearson took the win.

On his World Triathlon Cup debut, Dey was the next Brit over the line as he finished 26th and was shortly followed by Dickinson in 34th. Dickinson was competing in his first individual swim, bike, run since November 2022 having only competed in the Europe Triathlon Mixed Relay Championships this year. Willis’ day finished early as he registered a DNF.

As the sole Brit in the women’s race, Alden set off to make her mark and exited the swim as one of the leading trio.

In a competitive race that was won by Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist, Gwen Jorgensen (USA), Alden secured a top-ten finish as she crossed the line in ninth.

Nice was home to the men’s IRONMAN World Championships for 2023, with Great Britain being represented by Joe Skipper in the pro race.

The Brit, who won IRONMAN Lake Placed in July came home in 30th position, completing the course in the South of France in 09:40:13.

Staying in France, this weekend saw the final round of the French Grand Prix with a number of British athletes competing for their teams.

Dan Dixon was the fastest male as he finished 12th, with Harry Leleu (14th) and Hugo Milner (15th) following closely behind. Ben Dijkstra crossed the line 37th to complete the Brits racing in the Men’s Division 1 race. Iona Miller (18th), Sophia Green (27th) and Olivia Logan (50th) were all racing in the women’s race for their respective teams in Women’s Division 1.

Callum Steadman finished 58th in Men’s Division 2, with Jasmine Cooper (4th), Abigail Bedwell (14th) and Rachel Vatter (45th) racing in Women’s Division 2.

Dixon’s Saint Jean de Monts Vendee Triathlon team were crowned overall series champions at this the final race of the series.

Photo Credit@ Ben Lumley/World Triathlon

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