Georgia Taylor-Brown was back winning at Super League Triathlon as Sophie Coldwell also podiumed in Toulouse, while Iestyn Harrett claimed silver at Asia Triathlon Cup Aqaba.
Super League Triathlon Championship Series Toulouse
After a week’s break, the Super League Triathlon Championship Series returned as Georgia Taylor-Brown was back on the top step of the podium and Sophie Coldwell secured another top-three finish.
Taylor-Brown started the final stage pursuit of the Triple Mix format, where the order of swim, bike, run is alternated across the three stages, with a 13 second advantage and remained clear at the front of the race throughout the final stage.
The Leeds-based athlete claimed her second race win of the series, and her fourth top-three finish from the four events so far this year, to head into the final race joint-top of the overall standings alongside the USA’s Taylor Spivey.
Coldwell was chasing behind her compatriot in Toulouse along with Spivey, and the pair were locked in a battle to decide the remaining top-three spots. Spivey utilised the short chute to cross the line ahead of Coldwell, who secured third spot both in the race and in the overall standings, ahead of the series finale in Neom (29 October).
Beth Potter moved up to fourth overall with a fifth-place finish in Toulouse with Kate Waugh consolidating her overall ninth place after finishing 11th. Sian Rainsley and Sophia Green finished 15th and 16th after both being eliminated due to the 90-second time rule.
In the men’s race, Jonny Brownlee was the highest-placed British triathlete as he finished seventh on his return after missing the last race in Malibu due to illness. Dan Dixon placed 12th while Chris Perham was eliminated at the end of stage two, but both did have an important influence on the race for their teams.
Dixon was the main animator on the bike on stage one, pushing the pace on at the front to also gain a short chute for his Eagles team, while Perham was quickest on the stage two run to score points for The Scorpions.
Asia Triathlon Cup Aqaba
There was another podium finish for Iestyn Harrett who claimed silver at Asia Triathlon Cup Aqaba.
Harrett, who was part of the Commonwealth Games silver medal winning Welsh mixed relay team in Birmingham, was back on the podium this time over the standard distance at the continental cup event in Jordan.
Never far from the front of the race, Harrett exited the swim in a group only a few seconds behind the race leader before being among the fastest on the bike and run to finish second, just two seconds behind the winner Matthew Wright of Barbados.
XTERRA World Championships
Lesley Patterson and Daisy Davies both finished in the top-10 of the elite women’s race at the XTERRA World Championship.
Patterson crossed the line fourth and Davies seventh at the end of the race which saw them swim 1500m in Lake Molveno, mountain bike 30km in the Dolomites, before ending with a 10km trail run.
Patterson and Davies posted the top-two fastest run times of the day and Davies was also quickest to complete the 1500m swim. In the men’s elite race, Alex Rhodes finished 50th, completing the course in 03:32:00.
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