The Super League Championship Series opener saw four British athletes reach the podium in London, with three more occupying top ten positions. Laura Siddall and Fenella Langridge also ensured Brits were well represented on the podium in Germany.
Super League Triathlon London 2021
An all-British podium of Jess Learmonth, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Vicky Holland alongside a bronze medal for Jonny Brownlee marked a successful Super League Triathlon opener for British athletes racing on home soil in the nation’s capital.
Canary Wharf hosted the opening Super League Triathlon Championship event for the 2021 series as Britain’s Olympic athletes returned to racing on home soil alongside a number of other elite triathletes representing GB.
Athletes raced across the triple mix format that shuffled the traditional swim, bike, run to reorder the disciplines across three stages. With the women racing first, Learmonth and Taylor-Brown started strong to leave the water first.
By the end of the first stage (swim, bike, run) the Brits had already asserted themselves on the competition, finishing the run with Taylor-Brown at the front with Learmonth and Holland behind. The Olympic trio were joined at the front by Beth Potter and Non Stanford during the second stage (run, bike, swim), a stage won by Learmonth.
With an established lead at the beginning of the final stage (bike, swim, run), Learmonth took the tape, followed by Taylor-Brown in 2nd and Holland 3rd. Sophie Coldwell climbed to 5th place, Potter finished 7th and Stanford 15th.
Jonny Brownlee, Alex Yee and Gordon Benson were next up and Brownlee set off battling at the front with Hayden Wilde (NZL) and Vincent Luis (FRA). Brownlee was the third athlete to finish the first stage and the second began with a strong run from Yee before Brownlee broke away to finish second going into the final stage.
Brownlee found himself in a fight for the lead towards the end of the race alongside Luis before Wilde used the short chute to creep in front and take the win. Luis followed for silver and Brownlee secured bronze. Yee crossed the line in 5th place and Benson followed in 12th.
With points being awarded to each athlete based on their finishing positions, Team Eagles, managed by Tim Don, currently lead the SLT Teams leaderboard with 93 points with Scorpions 2nd and Sharks 3rd.
Two Brits found themselves on the podium in Germany as Laura Siddall and Fenella Langridge took silver and bronze respectively. It was Langridge who left the swim in the lead before a competitive cycle and run allowed Siddall to rise through the ranks to claim 2nd place behind race winner, Anne Haug. Siddall crossed the line in 08:25:24 before Langridge followed soon after (08:27:04).
Thomas Davis competed in the pro men’s race. He finished in 9th place with a time of 07:55:52 after German athletes enjoyed a full podium on home soil as Patrick Lange took gold.
IRONMAN 70.3 Warsaw
Racing in Poland, Chantal Cummings stormed to an impressive 2nd place as she crossed the line with a time of 04:24:27. Acting as Britain’s sole representative for the pro women, Cummings began the race with a fast, sub-30-minute swim before the 90km cycle made way for a 01:31:17 run.
Colin Norris raced for the men, finishing inside the top ten when he crossed the line after 03:55:05 to finish in 9th place.
2021 Europe Triathlon Junior Cup Banyoles
Dominic Coy and Matthew Shipley raced to 10th and 26th place respectively after Shipley began the race in strong form, exiting the water amongst the fastest in the swim. Coy recorded a 00:15:15 run before crossing the line to complete the top ten.
Box End Triathlon
Over two days of racing, Box End Triathlon crowned English national sprint distance triathlon champions as well as qualified athletes for the 2022 Europe Triathlon Standard Distance Triathlon European Championships.
The athletes to record the fastest times in the sprint distance race were Luke Mccarron (M20-24), crossing the line in 01:00:59, and Brit Tate (F25-29) who clocked in at 01:07:56.
As for the European qualifiers, Matthew Stratford (M40-44) was the first of the men across the line, as Tina Christmann (F25-29) became the first women to reach the finish line.
Fleet Feet Standard Triathlon
The Scottish National Standard Distance Triathlon Championships took place over the weekend. Craig Dale was the fastest on the day, crossing the line with a time of 02:06:29. Anne Ewing was the first of the women racing to see the finish, clocking in at 02:20:26.
Welsh Triathlon Super Series Stage 3 - Bala Standard Triathlon
Following Welsh Super Series events in Broadhaven and Porthcrawl, Super Series racing returned this weekend to see athletes competing across the standard distance at Gwynedd.
The fastest of the men racing on the day was Oliver Simon who raced as part of the Vet Male 40-49 category whilst Kate Curran (Snr Female 20-39) was the fastest of the women.
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