Holland, Bentley, and Bishop all win silver

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There were three silver medals for British triathletes as Connor Bentley and Vicky Holland made the podium in Tiszaujvaros, while Tom Bishop set a British record to finish second at Challenge Roth.

World Triathlon Cup Tiszaujvaros
Europe Triathlon Cup Tiszaujvaros
Challenge Roth

World Triathlon Cup Tiszaujvaros  

Connor Bentley finished the highest of six Brits in Hungary to take the silver medal. The racing took place over two days, with three semi-finals on Saturday, before the final on Sunday.  

In semi-final one Barclay Izzard booked his place in the final by finishing fourth with Cameron Main (ninth) joining him in Sunday’s race. Just two seconds separated Hamish Reilly (third) and Jack Willis (fourth) as the duo easily progressed from Saturday’s second race. The third and final semi-final saw Bentley progress as runner-up. with Chris Perham also securing a place in the final by finishing tenth.  

In the final Bentley exited the 750m swim as the lead Brit in sixth with Reilly just behind him in seventh. The pair were soon joined by Willis and Main on the 20km bike leg as they made up ground on the leaders. On the run Bentley put in the third fastest time of the race to secure his second-place finish. Main was the next Brit over the line, finishing seventh, while Reilly (ninth) made it three British triathletes in the top-ten. Willis narrowly missed the top-ten as he crossed the line in 11th, just three seconds behind American, Chase McQueen. Izzard came 16th while Perham finished 28th.  

The women’s race followed the same format as the men’s with Vicky Holland claiming silver in the final. Olivia Mathias was the only British interest in semi-final one and made it through to the final thanks to a third-place finish. Semi-final two saw Holland progress as runner-up with Sian Rainsley just three seconds back in fourth.  

The final saw Mathias take an early lead as she led out of the 750m swim, with Rainsley fourth and Holland 11th heading into T1. Holland was the quickest of the three Brits on the bike as the field began to bunch up and, on the run, she recorded the second quickest time of the race to finish second. Rainsley was the next over the line in fifth, while Mathias’ eighth place finish meant all three Brits were in the top-ten.  

Europe Triathlon Cup Tiszaujvaros 

Hungary also played host to junior racing, with semi-finals taking place on Saturday before Sunday’s final. Two of the three semi-finals were won by British triathletes with Rory Bryant claiming the win in semi-final two and Oliver Conway matching the result in the third semi-final.  

In the final the pair were separated by just two seconds after the 750 swim, with Bryant just ahead and they headed out onto the bike course level. They rode the 12.5km bike leg neck and neck as they finished just one second apart. On the run Conway secured fourth place with the fourth fastest run time of the race, while Bryant crossed the line in eighth.  

The junior women’s race saw three British triathletes in action across three semi-finals. Millie Breese and Betsy Griffiths, both made it through their semi-finals coming second and fifth respectively. Antonia Juub’s 18th place finish in semi-final three wasn’t enough to get her onto Sunday’s start list and meant she finished 44th overall.  

The final saw Breese exit the water as the lead Brit before putting in the fastest bike leg of the race to edge closer to the leaders. She lost ground on the run and crossed the line in sixth place, while Griffiths secured a top-20 finish by coming 17th.   

Challenge Roth 

Tom Bishop secured a silver medal at Challenge Roth setting a British long distance triathlon record in the process. He exited the water in fourth and put in the third fastest bike time to move up onto the podium. He then put in a top-ten run time to secure second place behind Denmark’s Magnus Ditlev. Further back Joshua Lewis joined Bishop inside the top-ten as he came eighth. Kit Walker was the third Brit across the line in 18th while Toby Nisbet came 27th. Jamie Bedwell recorded a DNF.  

In the women’s race Abigail Bedwell finished 22nd. She had led out of the water but dropped down the order on the bike and run legs to narrowly miss a place in the top-20.  

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