The 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final ended in Australia with Vicky Holland’s world title the stunning highlight. Georgia Taylor-Brown’s third place overall in the Series and the outstanding Paratriathlon performances were more stand out results from a weekend which also saw junior, under 23 and Age Group success for the Great Britain Triathlon Team.
Vicky Holland had the chance of winning the world title for the first time ever in her career. She grabbed the opportunity and stood on top of the podium after finishing a close second in the Grand Final race to local hero, Ashleigh Gentle. Great Britain placed five women in the top 12, very impressive depth. Full report HERE.
The men’s title went to Mario Mola again. There was drama for the Brownlee Brothers, including a disqualification for Alistair. Read their reactions HERE.
Sam Dickinson won a brilliant silver. The 21 year-old gave every ounce of energy and virtually collapsed over the line. Behind him, Alex Yee finished tenth with a run that was only seconds slower than Mola’s time over the same course in the senior race. He’s missed a whole year of racing following a bike crash, and he’s still only 20. The future is exciting.
Silver and bronze medals for Erin Wallace and Kate Waugh were highlights. These young women will step up to Olympic distance racing from sprints next year, and hopefully they’ll be snapping at the heels of our world-beating senior women in a few years’ time. Matt Willis was the top junior male athlete.
Junior-U23 Mixed Relay
Disqualification drama saw the British team upgraded from fourth place to bronze, possibly against the odds - but this was a talented and motivated team. Report HERE.
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Head Coach, Jonathan Riall said that the team’s results were the ‘most successful’ ever. Every member of the team won a medal, including golds for Dave Ellis, Lauren Steadman and Hannah Moore. There’s plenty to be done in the run up to Tokyo, but Britain is currently leading the way. Sadly, some established stars such as Andy Lewis and Ryan Taylor won’t have the opportunity to compete in Tokyo due to their classifications not being included, but they conducted themselves with class and contributed to a brilliantly successful team performance. Report HERE.
350 British Age Group athletes competed on the Gold Coast and will return home with twenty medals.