Great Britain's U23's shine in Israel, whilst the Age Group team are rampant in Spain. Get up to speed on the weekend action below.
2018 Eilat ETU Triathlon U23 European Championships
Hot temperatures were well anticipated in Israel’s southern most city but the forecast meant individual race proceedings were brought forward 90 minutes to evade the peak of the sun on Saturday.
Setting off first was the men in which Jack Willis and Barclay Izzard raced there way into a good position at T2 and ran home for top ten finishes in fifth and seventh respectively.
In the women’s race Olivia Mathias secured the first British medal of the championships. Having exited the swim on the feet of Sophie Alden, both continued to race near the front throughout with Mathias’ foot speed on the run the difference to take bronze ahead her teammate in 4th. Sian Rainsley was unfortunate to be brought down in a crash on the bike and withdrew from the race.
On Sunday it was Mathias, Izzard, Alden and Willis who lined up for the Mixed Relay. The team secured the silver medal for Great Britain in a dramatic sprint finish as they were pipped to gold by a Switzerland team that contained the two newly crowned U23 European Champions Felix Struder and Julie Derron.
2018 Ibiza ETU Multisport European Championships
Duathlon was the opening act of the championships as the Great Britain Age Group Sprint Duathlon Team kicked off the party in style with a haul of 49 medals (14 Gold, 17 Silver, 18 Bronze) as Daniel Jenkin (M30-34) produced the fastest time of the day in 52:56.
Georgina Schwiening was Britain’s sole elite representative in the duathlon and was just out of the medals in 4th place.
The Great Britain Age Group Standard Duathlon Team upped the medal tally to 88 on Sunday after picking up a further 10 Gold, 14 Silver and 15 Bronze.
2018 Salinas ITU Triathlon World Cup
It was a sprint finish on the blue carpet in South America that went down to the wire with the men’s top eight finishing within nine seconds of each other on Sunday. Grant Sheldon produced a solid race and was part of a group of 10 athletes that started the bell lap together on the run, eventually coming home in 7th place in a time a just narrowly off the podium as the race was won by David Castro Fajardo (ESP). Calum Johnson finished 36th in a large men’s field.
There was no British interest in the women’s race won by Yuliya Yelistratova (UKR).
I don't think I've ever enjoyed racing as much as I have this year.When you love what you do winning is just the icing. It's a bit like when you have a job you love, going to work never really feels like work. Mallorca was definitely a holiday race. A good way to start a holiday! https://t.co/UIryLSE6op— lucy gossage (@lucygoss) October 20, 2018
Lucy Gossage took the tape in the Pro Women's race in style after breaking away on the bike, adding to her 2018 results at IRONMAN Lanzarote, UK and Wales and IRONMAN 70.3 Lanzarote. Another Britain, Fanella Langridge, led out the swim early on and came away with 5th place overall.
In the men’s race Thomas Davis continued his season of strong results finishing 5th in a time of 4:02:04, as Chris Silver also recorded a top ten finish.