Catch up on a successful weekend for British Athletes at home and abroad
Lauren Steadman and Claire Cashmore continued their winning form in the PTS5 category with yet another one-two podium in the unusually stormy streets of Valencia. Fran Brown added to Great Britain’s medal tally with a convincing 1st place finish (01:19:16). Melissa Reid continued the success with a silver medal in the PTVI.
Andy Lewis fought hard to secure silver after crossing the line just 15 seconds behind the French victor Jules Ribstein in PTS2. For the PTVI, Dave Ellis recorded the fastest swim (00:10:51) and run (00:16:35) of the entire race which allowed him to chart in 11th after a damaging puncture during the bike section.
In the Under 23 Championships, Ben Dijkstra managed to push to gold after a highly competitive run which saw him end on a time of 00:51:18. James Teagle crossed the line less than 30 seconds later to place 8th, with Harry Leleu coming closely behind in 12th.
The mixed relay on Sunday saw Great Britain’s gold medal be decided by the 5 seconds separating 1st and 2nd place. The podium was shared with Germany and Spain.
Great Britain dominated the female IRONMAN with Simone Mitchell poling 1st and setting a course record of 09:41:52 with her first ever IRONMAN victory. Mitchell was followed by a sub 10-hour run from Laura Siddall to secure 3rd and rounded off with a 4th place finish from Lucy Gossage.
Philip Graves achieved a strong swim time of 00:50:52 for a 9th place finish in his division. Other GB athletes include Joe Skipper who, after passing leader Dylan McNeice, suffered a flat during the bike stage and a subsequent DQ.
The technically challenging course situated just outside of the Croatian capital offered plenty of tests for both Forbes Jackson and Ben Bishop as they crossed the line 33rd and 36th respectively.
Photo Credit: FETRI Spanish Triathlon Federation