Potter takes gold in Valencia


Beth Potter impressed with an excellent performance at the World Cup in Valencia to take her first gold of the year.

Potter, who took silver at the World Cup in Arzachena, Sardinia, came out of the swim in ninth place and enjoyed a good transition to get out on the bike quickly. 

The bike leg was tough and the Brit completed it in the tenth fastest time before leaving the second transition in the lead run pack. 

The former runner excelled through the run leg and began to move away from the pack of eight athletes which included Olympic champion Nicola Spirig.

Potter completed the fasted run leg to take the tape and secure her first gold of the year. 

"It's been a funny old year but to end it on two highs makes me really happy," Potter said. "I was quite nervous today actually. I've had a bit of a niggle with my knee since the last race but I tried to put that to the back of my head. I wanted to come off it on a high so I am glad I could go one better than Arzachena. 

"I didn't have such a good end to the bike leg and I came out of transition towards the end of that pack. I stayed close to the lead pack for the first few mintues of the run and then when I felt like I could make my move I committed and just went for it." 

Double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee went one better than his performance at the World Cup in Arzachena by securing silver in Valencia. 

Brownlee enjoyed a strong swim and left the water in third place before having the fastest transition to get out on the bike in the lead pack.

The Brit pushed hard on the bike and was up against world champion Vincent Luis and European Bronze medallist Jelle Geens. 

Brownlee struggled in T2 but showed his improved fitness to secure the third fastest time in the run and took silver behind Luis. 

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