GB age-group team wins nine gold medals in Beijing

Team GB take home 35 medals in total

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The GE Great Britain Age Group Team delivered an outstanding 35 medals including nine golds across the sprint and standard distance races at the 2011 Beijing ITU Triathlon Age Group World Championships last weekend on 10 and 11 September.
 
In the sprint distance event, the GE Great Britain Age Group Team delivered seven gold, nine silver and eight bronze.
 
Laura Siddall (30-34) was the fastest overall female triathlete in the sprint distance race crossing the line in 01:08.57. Anna Turvey (30-34) finished in fourth place overall in 01:11.55, with Katie Henderson (30-34) in fifth with a finishing time 01:12.27. Both triathletes won silver and bronze respectively in their 30-34 age group.
 
The female 30-34 age group was the most successful category with British triathletes taking the top five places and all nine competing finishing in the top eleven positions. The men’s race added to the British dominance in the 30-34 age group with James Stephenson winning gold and Ian Thwaites adding silver.
 
The fastest male GE Great Britain Age Group Team triathlete overall was Gareth Daniel (16-19) who finished fourth overall in a time of 01:05.12.
 
David Bellingham, Team Manager for the Sprint Distance GE Great Britain Age Group Team was delighted with the medal tally commenting: “ The GE Great Britain Age Group Team has delivered some great results over the weekend in the age group races and also the elite events of course! Here in Beijing it was a great sight seeing so many GB flags on the podium during the closing ceremony.”
 
In the standard distance event, the GE Great Britain Age Group Team have returned from Beijing with two gold, two silver and seven bronze.
 
Kate Robson (30-34) was the fastest overall British female recording a time of 02:20.13 to win gold in her age group. Graham Leitch (25-29) was the fastest British male overall finishing in 02:02.51, which was enough to secure bronze in his age group.
 
Britain’s second gold came from Colin Dixon (pictured) in the male 40-44 age group. The 2010 British Triathlon Male Age Group Athlete of the Year retained his world title won in Budapest after delivering a performance that saw him exit the water in second place, before taking the lead on the bike and holding his position all the way to the finish line.
 
(all results and medal tallies are provisional)

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AGE GROUP SPRINT RACE
GOLD  (7)
M20-24  Ryan Hanlon
F30-34  Laura Siddall
M30-34  James Stephenson
F45-49  Sara Burling
F50-54  Mary Hardwick
M60-64  Michael Dunne
M65-69  Michael Smallwood
SILVER  (9)
F30-34  Anna Turvey
M30-34  Ian Thwaites
F35-39  Gaelle Lebray
M35-39  David McDougall
M40-44  Andrew Shipton
F45-49  Sharon Hill
M45-49  David Hamdorff
M50-54  Ian Smith
F60-64  Elaine Scott
BRONZE  (8)
F30-34  Katie Henderson
M35-39  Barry Marshallsay
M40-44  Philip Goode
F50-54  Jane Saunders
M50-54  Keith Mahon
F55-59  Joanna Lewis
F60-64  Christine O’Reilly
F65-69  Georgina Jennings

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AGE GROUP STANDARD DISTANCE RACE
GOLD  (2)
F30-34  Kate Robson
M40-44  Colin Dixon
SILVER  (2)
M55-59  Rob Caune
F60-64  Sarah Barrett
BRONZE  (7)
F20-24  Kate Burley
M25-29  Graham Leitch
F40-44  Shona Girdwood
M45-49  Mark Hirsch
F50-54  Penny Rother
F55-59  Kim Shaw
M55-59  Michael Skivington
 
PICTURE CREDIT: NIGEL FARROW