Lucy Charles-Barclay won the world long distance triathlon title on her return from injury during a British one-two at the World Triathlon Multisport Championships in Slovakia where there was also success for the Great Britain Age-Group Team.
British success continued at the Collins Cup, while there was also a record-breaking display by Alistair Brownlee at IRONMAN Kalmar and an IRONMAN 70.3 win for Lydia Dant on a weekend which also saw Sunderland host the British Triathlon Super Series Grand Final.
World Triathlon Multisport Championships Samorin (18-21 August)
It was a winning return to racing for Lucy Charles-Barclay who claimed the world title at World Triathlon Long Distance Championships Samorin where Emma Pallant-Browne finished second to complete an all British top-two.
After a hip stress fracture ruled the reigning IRONMAN 70.3 world champion out of the IRONMAN World Championships in May and the Sub8 project in June, Charles-Barclay made her return in Slovakia and won gold after leading out of the swim and then re-taking the lead on the run to take the tape by over three minutes.
Only Charles-Barclay and Brazil’s Luisa Baptista were quicker over the 17.9km run than Pallant-Browne who gained several places to secure silver. Jack Shayler finished 22nd in the elite men’s race.
In the World Triathlon Aquathlon Championships held on Thursday (18 August), Poppaea Bramwell-Reeks was 12th overall in the elite women’s race, finishing fourth in the battle for the U23 medals, with Natasha Sinha 19th in the elite race.
In the men’s elite race, Jamie Price was 13th, Henry Bramwell-Reeks was 29th overall and 12th in the U23 rankings, junior athlete Callum Stedman was 32nd and the 5th junior and Thomas Epton was 39th.
Over 200 athletes representing the Great Britain Age-Group Team also competed in the aquathlon, long distance triathlon and long distance aquabike for world titles and medals in each age group.
It was another successful few days for the GB Age-Group Team who returned from Slovakia with a total of 64 medals including 20 golds, 24 silvers and 20 bronzes across the three World Championship events.
Collins Cup (20 August)
Kat Matthews and Holly Lawrence were both part of the winning European who successfully defended their Collins Cup title in Samorin, Slovakia.
There were 12 races, each featuring one athlete from Team Europe, Team USA and Team International and were contested over a 2km swim, 80km bike and an 18km run.
Kat Matthews was second in her match – won by Team International’s Paula Findlay – to add two points to Team Europe’s total.
Holly Lawrence won her match against Jocelyn McCauley (Team USA) and Ellie Salthouse (Team International) to secure maximum points for Europe plus 2.5 bonus points as Team Europe won overall with a total of 53 points. Team International (38 points) were second and Team USA (22.5 points) third.
British Triathlon Super Series Grand Final Sunderland (20-21 August)
It was a weekend of swim, bike and run on Sunderland’s seafront as the city hosted the British Triathlon Super Series Grand Final for the first time.
Jess Fullagar and Connor Bentley were crowned British elite champions, with the British Triathlon Super Series races also incorporating the British Elite Triathlon Championships, where there were also British titles won by Bethany Cook, Ben Cumberland, Gabriella Horne and Brandon Pye in the youth and junior races.
Sunderland was also the final race in this year’s British Triathlon Paratri Super Series with wins for Bret Crossley, Louis Rolfe MBE, Tammy Barrett and Tom Barnard sealing their overall British Triathlon Paratri Super Series titles in their respective classifications. A full Paratri Super Series round-up can be found here.
Leeds won the Mixed Relay Cup which provided a thrilling end to the weekend’s racing with South East winning the Youth/Junior Mixed Relay. Other activity included the Inter-Regional Championships with South Central and South East joint-winners as well as a GB Age-Group Team qualifier and The BIG Swim Bike Run Family and Adults events.
IRONMAN Kalmar (20 August)
Alistair Brownlee followed-up his IRONMAN 70.3 Swansea win from two weeks ago with a record-breaking victory over the full distance at IRONMAN Kalmar.
Brownlee was never far from the front of the race, exiting the water second and then being part of a lead group of three for most of the bike leg. Starting the run 47 seconds down on Jesper Svensson (SWE), the double Olympic champion was the fastest athlete over the marathon run to cross the line in 7:38:48 to win by nearly eight minutes ahead of second-placed Pieter Heemeryck (BEL).
Brownlee’s winning time was the fastest ever by a British athlete over the full distance in an IRONMAN event. Thomas Davis finished just outside the top-10 in 11th, Elliot Smales 29th and Colin Norris 38th.
IRONMAN 70.3 Vichy (20 August)
Lydia Dant adapted to the change in format to win at IRONMAN 70.3 Vichy after poor water quality resulted in the event being contested over bike and run.
Dant, who won at IRONMAN Lanzarote earlier in the year and was second in Swansea, came out on top in a brilliant battle with fellow British pro Lucy Byram in another British one-two.
Byram was quickest on the bike with Dant closing the gap on the run to beat Byram to the line by 22 seconds.
Scottish National Middle Distance Triathlon Championships (21 August)
Scottish national champions were crowned in middle distance triathlon as around 700 athletes took to the start line as individual or as a team at this year’s Aberfeldy Triathlon, which hosted the Scottish National Middle Distance Triathlon Championships.
Robert Harrison and Anne Ewing claimed the overall race wins with 22 national titles won across the age groups.
(Image: Petko Beier / World Triathlon)