Beth Potter recorded an ITU World Cup top ten in Mooloolaba, Jess Learmonth won a major award and the second GB Age-Group qualifier of the season took place. Our weekend round up is below:
2018 Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup
2018 Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup RESULTS:
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Four British Triathletes took to the East Coast of Australia for the ITU World Cup event and Beth Potter recorded an excellent eighth place after running through the field to make up ten places.
This will help set her up to compete for Team Scotland next month at the Commonwealth Games. Also competing for Team Scotland is Grant Sheldon, who finished 29th. Team Wales’ Iestyn Harrett and Guerney’s Joshua Lewis also too part.
The top steps of the podium were secured by Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat and South Africa’s Richard Murray.
Jeffcoat, who is not part of Australia’s Commonwealth Games team next month, took the win after an impressive charge into the second transition helped set up a lead onto the 5km run leg. Kirsten Kasper (USA) chased her down but didn’t quite manage to catch.
In the men’s race, Murray set the pace on the run to take victory, closely followed by Matt Hauser (AUS) and Matthew McElroy (USA). Both Murry and Hauser are set to compete in the Commonwealth Games, 5-7 April.
2018 ETU Presidents’ Conference, Learmonth wins Athlete of the Year
The 2018 ETU Presidents’ Conference saw 36 National federations travel to Moscow, to be hosted there by the Russian Triathlon Federation. Jess Learmonth won the Female Athlete of the Year award having won the ETU European title in Kitzbuhel in June as well has her success in the ITU World Triathlon Series. It was noted that she only took up international triathlon in 2014, and has achieved considerable success already.
Britain's Sarah Taylor-Hough won the award for the Technical Official of the Year. She was rewarded for her work at the ITU Triathlon Grand Final in Rotterdam.
2018 ITU Sprint Distance Duathlon Qualifer, Bedford Autodrome Duathlon
This season’s second GB Age-Group Team qualifier took place on Sunday with triathletes heading to Bedford with hopes of qualification for the 2018 ITU Fyn ITU Sprint Distance Duathlon World Championship taking place in Denmark in July.
Danny Russel (M 35-39) and Eden Schiller (F 15-19) took the wins with comfortable gaps to their next competitors.