Tiszaujvaros, Hungary hosted a five-day triathlon festival, featuring spectacular senior and junior racing from a number of British athletes, including gold for Olivia Mathias and Daniel Dixon.
More than twenty British athletes travelled to the event, racing in an initial semi-final before a grand finale made up of the highest placed semi-finalists dictated the overall winners.
The senior women’s first semi-final saw Kate Waugh (5th), Sophie Alden (6th) and Hollie Elliot (8th) all achieve top ten finishes and make their way into the final, whilst Rosie Allen crossed the line in 17th. In semi-final two, Annabel Morton (7th), Erica Byram (8th) and Olivia Mathias (10th) all put down final-worthy performances.
Mathias was the athlete with most in the tank when it came to the final, recording a 00:09:48 swim and 00:17:22 run which gave her the edge over France’s Audrey Merle to take the tape and win gold. Merle crossed the line in 2nd place and Costanza Arpinelli (ITA) completed the podium.
Two more Brits joined Mathias in the top ten, with Morton and Alden finishing in 6th and 8th place respectively after Alden recorded the fastest swim on the field. Elliot (11th) and Byram (13th) were close behind, whilst Waugh ended her race early.
For the elite men’s races, Fynn Batkin and Cameron Main raced in semi-final 1, finishing in 13th and 15th place respectively. The second semi-final saw two British athletes in the top five as Harry Leleu and Jack Willis put in strong performances to take them into the final. James Chantler-Mayne crossed the line in 20th place. The last semi-final brought with it the last British athlete to qualify for the final race as Marcus Dey took 6th place. Oliver Turner and Guy Evans-Haggerty finished in 16th and 17th place, respectively.
For the senior men’s final, Willis was the highest placing Brit of the three that made up the start line, finishing in 11th place. Leleu crossed the line 19 seconds later in 15th place before Dey rounded out the race for British athletes in 22nd. The race was won by Csongor Lehmann who was racing on home soil.
The first semi-final of the junior men’s races was lit up by British competitors as Daniel Dixon and Matthew Shipley completed a British one-two, securing their place in the final. Semi-final two featured Matt Howard and William Taylor who finished in 14th and 24th place, respectively. The last semi-final featured Jack Stanton-Stock as Britain’s sole representative, making his way to the final after finishing in 2nd place behind Elai Izhak Chaski (ISR).
The final race started strong for the Brits as Dixon broke ahead on the swim with Shipley close behind. Dixon followed this with the fastest bike leg on the course before staying strong on the run to take the gold, holding off Gergő Dobi (HUN) in 2nd and Chaski (ISR) in 3rd.
The next British athlete to cross the line was Stanton-Stock whose consistent times throughout all three disciplines saw him finish inside the top ten in 7th place. Shipley finished in 11th place, just three seconds off Spain’s Jesús Vela Vela in 10th.
Being Britain’s only junior woman racing, Daisy Davies started the weekend strongly when she finished in 2nd place in front of Lili Dobi (HUN) in her semi-final. In the final race, Davies put down an impressive 00:20:00 bike leg before crossing the line in 7th place, less than 20 seconds away from the top five.
We recently caught up with both Olivia Mathias and Daniel Dixon about their racing throughout the year. Click through the buttons below to watch.