World mixed relay medals among British weekend successes


Silver medals in both the elite and U23/Junior mixed relays rounded-off a weekend of medal successes for Great Britain in Montreal, where there were also multiple medals won by the GB Age-Group Team.

Elsewhere, Emma Pallant-Browne became the new IRONMAN 70.3 European champion, while British and Welsh champions were crowned in Cardiff and the latest leg of the British Triathlon Super Series was held at Bowood House.

World Triathlon Championship Series Montreal (24-26 June)

It was a weekend of medal success at World Triathlon Championship Series Montreal, including wins for Alex Yee and Georgia Taylor-Brown and a stunning silver medal in the mixed relay which secured Great Britain Paris 2024 qualification.

Taylor-Brown extended her lead at the top of the Maurice Lacroix World Triathlon Championship Rankings with victory in the women’s eliminator race as Beth Potter finished third to claim her first World Triathlon Championship Series medal, before Yee then sprinted to victory in the men’s race.

On Sunday, Yee and Taylor-Brown teamed-up with Sophie Coldwell and Sam Dickinson in the mixed relay where Great Britain finished second behind France to secure Olympic qualification.



World Triathlon Sprint and Relay Championships (24-26 June)

Alongside the elite action in Montreal, the World Triathlon Sprint and Relay Championships were also held at the same venue and there were medals across the ages for junior, U23 and Age-Group athletes.

Great Britain’s U23/Junior mixed relay team of Hamish Reilly, Daisy Davies, James Chantler-Mayne and Bethany Cook claimed World Championships silver. Cook was the highest-placed British junior in the individual race on Friday placing ninth at the World Triathlon Junior Championships, which were switched to a duathlon.

Lizzy Edge also crossed the line in the top-20, finishing 19th, with Martha Calton-Seal 40th. In the men’s junior race, Joe Sherman was the first British athlete across the line in 44th ahead of Ben Cumberland (52nd) with Tom Hattee’s first international appearance ending early after being lapped.

Over 200 athletes represented the GB Age-Group Team at the World Triathlon Sprint and Relay Championships in Montreal, where age group athletes competed in the mixed relay format for the first time.

There were five mixed relay medals won by the GB Age-Group Team including gold in the 60-69 age group for Kelvin Spencer, Linda Russell-Bond, Ian Gilham, Barbara Holmes. Russell-Bond (F65-69) and Holmes (F60-64) had already become world champions over the sprint distance on Friday which saw nine gold, three silver and four bronze medals won by the GB Age-Group Team.


IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship Elsinore (26 June)

It was another weekend which saw Emma Pallant-Browne on the top step of the podium as the British pro triathlete claimed her third IRONMAN 70.3 victory of the season to become European champion in Elsinore, Denmark.

Pallant-Browne was never not far from the front of the race, ending with the fastest run split of the day to run to victory and claim the European title. Like the race winner, India Lee was also towards the front throughout, crossing the line in third to join Pallant-Browne on the podium.

Ruth Astle made it a trio of British triathletes in the top-five, making her move with the fastest bike leg of the race to finish fifth. David McNamee was 17th in the men’s European Championship race.


IRONMAN European Championship Frankfurt (26 June)

Nikki Bartlett ended her birthday weekend on the podium, finishing second at IRONMAN European Championship Frankfurt, although the event wasn’t a European Championship race for the pro women.

Having started the marathon run over six minutes behind the race winner Daniela Bleymehl, Bartlett continued to erode away at the German’s advantage to cross the line just over two minutes behind Bleymehl to secure silver.

In the men’s race, which did have the European Championship honours, Andrew Horsfall-Turner was one of the first athletes out of the water and then led on the bike, before stopping on the run.


British and Welsh Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships (26 June)

Cardiff was the place of champions on Sunday (26 June) as both the British and Welsh Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships were held in the shadow of the Wales Millennium Centre.

Age group athletes competed over a 750m swim, 18.5km bike and 4.7km run with medals, including British and Welsh titles, being awarded in each age group.

The British Championships race was also a qualifying event for athletes wanting to try and qualify for the 2023 World Sprint Triathlon Championships.


British Triathlon Super Series at Bowood House (25 June)

After Lochore Meadows last weekend, Bowood House in southern England hosted the second aquathlon event in the British Triathlon Youth & Junior Super Series, which was a parallel event to the one at Lochore.

Athletes competed in three aquathlon races of varying distances on Saturday with their best two results counting towards the final points total for the event which will then be used to calculate the updated overall standings.

The next event in the British Triathlon Super Series is the British Paratriathlon Championships at Eton Dorney on Saturday 16 July.


(Image: World Triathlon)

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