Blenheim Palace Triathlon: Chris Perham and India Lee win round one of British Super Series
Close encounters of the sprint kind see Perham and Lee take hard-fought victories
A field of 137 elites battled it out today (14 June) at the Blenheim Triathlon for round one of the British Super Series, and it was Chris Perham and India Lee who prevailed despite some tough competition.
Male elite winner Chris Perham sprinted to victory in a time of 1:35hrs, closely followed by Loughborough University teammates Matthew Wright, just 3secs behind and Morgan Davies, who followed shortly after to take the final podium place.
Chris said: “This is my first senior super series triathlon and it was certainly an unexpected win. I put the power down in the swim and stayed in the pack for the bike.
"I came out of transition well so that meant there was a small group of us for the run which paid off - I’m happy with that. Going into the race I hoped to get on the podium so I’m really happy with the win. Next up is the 2015 Holten ETU Triathlon Premium European Cup.”
Providing another competitive race, the women’s elite title was taken by India Lee who timed 10:3mins on the swim, 33:36mins on the bike and a remarkable 20:18mins on the run to secure her victory ahead of WTS racer Sophie Coldwell and Natalie Milne.
The victory for India, trained by Richard Stannard, came on the back of 3rd place at the Antalya ETU Triathlon Cup and gaining qualification for the Rio test event race which will be in August but India “wanted to prove she was in shape.”
“I’m absolutely delighted with the win today - especially being in the front pack for the swim, I’m really pleased with that," she said afterwards. "I’ve been working on the swim so it was great that it gave me a good set up for the bike. Then I worked hard with Sophie (Coldwell) on the bike so I could finish off with a strong run. It’s been a great day and I’m really happy.”
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