There was lots of British success to celebrate this weekend including podiums at IRONMAN, 70.3 and standard distance around the world, and another Commonwealth medal for Jade Jones on the Gold Coast.
IRONMAN 70.3 Liuzhou
Alistair Brownlee and Mark Buckingham started the weekend with winning ways at IRONMAN 70.3 Liuzhou. Brownlee gained a comfortable lead after the swim and bike to finish over three minutes ahead of Craig Alexander (AUS), who is a three-time winner of the IRONMAN world title. Mark Buckingham had a consistent race with impressive swim and bike splits to finish fourth. Full results here
Overnight on Saturday, Jade Jones added to her Commonwealth Paratriathlon title with bronze in the T54 marathon in a time of 1:44.20. She also was given the honour of carrying the English flag at the Games closing ceremony.
She commented: “I knew I could do well in the triathlon and that was where all my training was focused towards. I didn't think I could win, but I knew I could do well. To come away with the gold in that and then the bronze here is just amazing. It was easily the best marathon I've ever done in my life.”
After a long flight home from Australia, she will take part in the London Marathon this weekend.
2018 Melilla ETU Triathlon European Cup RESULTS:
|1.||Marco Van Der Stel||NED||01:42:41|
|3.||Antonio Serrat Seoane||ESP||01:42:59|
|4.||Roberto Sanchez Mantecon||ESP||01:43:43|
For full results, please visit here
Melilla ETU European Cup
Sunday’s Melilla ETU European Cup took place in Spain with eight British men racing across the standard distance. Sam Dickinson and Barclay Izzard placed within a very close top ten, finishing fifth and sixth respectively. Jack Willis was four seconds off a top ten place but had the fastest swim out of all the Brits.
IRONMAN South Africa
It was podium dominance at IRONMAN South Africa as Lucy Charles not only topped the podium, but broke the 9 hour mark for the second time. Suzie Cheetham set the second fastest bike time of the race to make it a British 1-2 on the podium. Emma Pallant, unfortunately had to pull out during the bike leg after she pulled her calf. Full results here
Adam Bowden made his first 70.3 Debut on Sunday at Challenge Roma and made a great first appearance placing first. Will Clarke finished among a close group in eighth. It was another British 1-2 on the podium in the Elite Women’s race with Sarah Lewis finishing first closely followed by Alice Hector. Lucy Gossage finished in seventh. Full results here