Potter Reflects on World Title Win


Beth Potter is still riding the high of her debut world champion title.

The 31-year-old from Glasgow claimed victory in the Series Finals in Pontevedra on Sunday, also securing the overall title, her first since switching to the sport six years ago.

Potter, who previously represented Great Britain in track running, sat in second in the overall standings heading into the final race in Spain but pulled away on the run to claim the title.

Kate Waugh finished the race in second for her debut podium to claim a British 1-2 in Pontevedra and add to the emotions for Potter.

"It’s all a bit of a dream come true,” she said “I have not really had time to process it because I was straight on a flight to Malibu for a race.

“I am training in the mornings this week and chilling out in the afternoons to try and enjoy it a little bit and let it all sink in.

“Kate is obviously one of the younger girls in the team and I used to train a lot with her when she was in Leeds.

“So, it is nice to see her finally do what she is capable of and being at the front of races.

“And to share that moment together at the end where she was emotional because it was her first time on the podium and I had won the overall, it was really nice.”

Potter began the series with victory in Abu Dhabi, also claiming a win at Montreal and at the Olympic Test Event in Paris which was competed over the same course that will host the Games next year.

If selected, it would mark Potter’s return to the Games for the first time since representing Team GB on the track at Rio 2016.

And while Potter’s main goal for the season was Olympic qualification, she admitted that the closer the world title she got, the more it weighed on her.

She added: “I think it has just been playing on my mind now for quite a long time and I had been quite stressed about it.

“My main goal for the season was to qualify for the Olympics, so I only needed a top three in the standings.

“But once I saw that I was in the running for the world title then I was like, ‘Well, I don't want to miss out on that as well.’

“So, I put all my eggs in one basket and hoped that I was going to get the title and the qualification.

“It has been a season where the planning has been on point and everything leading into it was simply perfect.

“Perfect build-up and not the perfect race, but almost perfect. It is just nice to finally have a season put together that I am really, proud of.”

Images from World Triathlon

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