On a weekend where sport paid their respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Georgia-Taylor-Brown delivered a poignant tribute as she took the tape to win at Super League Triathlon Championship Series Munich.
It was a British one-two in Munich with Sophie Coldwell finishing second whilst there were also top-five placings for British triathletes at World Triathlon Cup Karlovy Vary, a European long distance title for Kieran Lindars, an IRONMAN win for Joe Skipper in Wales and a victory for Alex Yee.
2022 Super League Triathlon Championship Series Munich
Georgia Taylor-Brown battled through the wet conditions in a dominant display in Munich to claim the race win and move to the top of the Super League Triathlon Championship Series standings.
In a different format to London last weekend, where Taylor-Brown claimed bronze, the race in Munich saw athletes compete in the Enduro format – completing three back-to-back triathlons over a 300m swim, 4km bike and 1.6km run.
Taylor-Brown went clear on the first bike leg and would go onto secure the win, stopping before the line to bow in respect of Queen Elizabeth II before then looking up to the sky. In a brilliant battle for second, Coldwell outsprinted Taylor Spivey (USA) to ensure it was a British one-two.
Non Stanford finished sixth, Sian Rainsley ninth while Beth Potter (11th) and Kate Waugh (13th) both added more points to their totals to place in the top-10 overall rankings heading to the next round in Malibu this weekend (17-18 September). Sophia Green was one of a number of athletes to be eliminated.
In the men’s race, it wasn’t just the conditions Jonny Brownlee had to battle with, as he battled back from a bike mechanical in the opening stage to finish fourth having worked hard to re-join the front group. Dan Dixon crossed the line eighth.
2022 World Triathlon Cup Karlovy Vary
There was another top-five finish for Olivia Mathias as she finished fourth at World Triathlon Cup Karlovy Vary where three British triathletes placed in the top-10 across both the elite men’s and women’s races.
Mathias – who was fifth at World Triathlon Cup Bergen two weeks ago – ensured she was again towards the front of the race in the swim and through transition, forming part of the lead group of five on the bike.
With the run being where the race decisive moves were made, Mathias crossed the line fourth in her first standard distance triathlon of the year.
In the elite men’s race, Sam Dickinson made it into the front bike group before the lead and chase groups came together which also included Grant Sheldon who moved his way through the field on the run to finish fifth.
Dickinson finished seventh, 12 seconds behind Sheldon, with Jack Willis the next Brit across the line in 18th and Harry Leleu placing 34th.
2022 Europe Triathlon Long Distance Championships Almere
Kieran Lindars is the new European Triathlon Long Distance champion as he won gold in Almere where there was also success for the Great Britain Age-Group Team.
At Challenge Almere, which incorporated the Long Distance Championships, Lindars was more than five minutes quicker than the next fastest time on the run to move through the field to win by nearly five minutes.
Over 30 age group athletes representing the GB Age-Group Team were also competing in Almere with the team returning home with eight golds, one silver and two bronzes. Charlotte Jones, Benjamin Akin, Charlotte Sullivan, Claire Cook, Maria Powell, Jeannie Fry, Jean Gillespie and Michael Keane all won the European title in their age groups.
2022 British Triathlon Super Series Eton Dorney
This year’s British Triathlon Super Series champions were crowned at the final race at Eton Dorney where the eliminator format provided a final opportunity for youth, junior and senior athletes to add points to their overall totals.
In the battle for the overall Super Series titles, Lauren Mitchell and Brandon Pye are this year’s Youth A champions while the Youth B winners are Millie Breese and Christo Chilton. In the junior rankings, Bethany Cook and Ryan Symington are the 2022 champions with Jess Fullagar and Hamish Reilly claiming the senior titles.
There were also paratriathlon events throughout the day with the separate swim, bike and run events providing a development and talent ID opportunity.
2022 IRONMAN Wales
Joe Skipper was victorious at IRONMAN Wales as he came back from more than 20 minutes down after mechanical issues on the bike to win by over eight minutes in Tenby.
Andrew Horsfall-Turner was first to exit the water, more than five minutes ahead of third-placed Skipper, before mechanical issues on the bike led to a nearly 25 minute deficit after 60km to Horsfall-Turner at the front of the race.
By transition two, it had been reduced but still nearly 16 minutes as Skipper continued his charge on the run to post the fastest marathon split of the race by over 10 minutes to take the race win by eight minutes.
Horsfall-Turner was the next British athlete in fifth with Finn Arentz crossing the line seventh.
2022 Triathlon England Standard Distance Championships
Bournemouth International Triathlon was the host of this year’s Triathlon England Standard Distance Championships which was the final opportunity for Triathlon England members to become national champion in 2022.
Hannah Dodwell and Nathan Wilson were the overall race winners with the national titles and medals awarded to athletes in each age group.
2022 French Grand Prix Final – Saint-Jean-de-Monts
Alex Yee was back on the top step of the podium, this time at the French Grand Prix Final in Saint-Jean-de-Monts where the Olympic gold and silver medallist sprinted clear in the final stages to hold off Jelle Geens (BEL) and Mario Mola (ESP).
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