Catch up on the performances of British athletes competing across the globe last weekend.
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The latest round of the ITU World Cup calendar took place in Belgium this weekend over the challenging cobbled streets of Antwerp. Both Beth Potter and Morgan Davies encountered issues on the bike resulting in a DNF but there was positives in Ben Dijkstra (14th) continuing his return from injury and a World Cup debut for Sian Rainsley (19th). Barclay Izzard lost ground early on in the swim but worked up the places on the bike and run to finish 22nd.
Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon Youth European Championships Festival
Britain took eight championship debutants to the ETU Triathlon Youth European Championships Festival in Austria with seven making the A finals on Saturday. Bethany Cook produced the best of the British results just missing out on the podium in 4th, whilst there were further top 10's for Lizzy Edge, Hamish Reilly and Dominic Coy as the young team gained valuable experience.
The top placing British quartet also competed in the Mixed Relay on Sunday taking 6th place in a highly competitive race over the newest Olympic format.
The Senior Super Series continued at Cardiff Bay with Harry Leleu taking the tape in a time of 00:54:04, adding to his winning season off the back of his recent win in Blenheim. Cameron Main and Guy Evans Hegarty took second and third respectively. Chloe Cook won the women's race with an impressive time of 00:59:57, closely followed by Issy Morris and Sophia Green.
The sprint open race was also an opportunity to qualify for the Great Britain Age-Group team at the 2020 Edmonton ITU Sprint Distance Triathlon World Championships (for those who had registered intent to qualify), with Alex Matchett (55:35) and Hayley Rigby (1:06:24) taking the overall win.
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A combination of low water and choppy conditions meant the swim was cancelled in Cork on Sunday, resulting in the pro startlist setting off in a time trial format on the bike (at intervals of 30 seconds). With wet and windy conditions throughout, double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee prevailed after clawing back a 17 minute deficit from T2 over the marathon to take a debut full distance win and the one Kona Ironman World Championship qualification on offer.
Compatriot Robert Drake finished 8th in the pro race in a time of 9:19:49.
Ironman 70.3 European Championships Elsinore
Holly Lawrence continued her supreme form over the 70.3 distance to add a forth regional title to her collection over the past 12 months, after a strong bike leg gave her a four minute lead at T2 which she carried through to the tape. Fellow Briton Fanella Langridge produced the best run of the day (1:18:47) to break free from the trio of chasers to claim second place with Chantalle Cummings and Claire Hann also making the top 10.
In the men's race there was solid all round performances from George Goodwin and Thomas Davis who finished 6th and 8th respectively among a high quality line-up in Demark. Elliot Smales was 13th with Jonkoping, Sweden next on his targeted races.