Harris wins silver in Hungary

Brit on the podium at ITU Triathlon World Cup in Hungary

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Aaron Harris finished second at the Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup in Hungary; a career highlight for the 23 year old Loughborough based athlete. Sophie Coldwell also claimed a British win in the Junior European Cup event at the same venue.
 
Harris led for much of the race, starting the run with a small advantage over the rest of the field. Only Brent McMahon of Canada was able to catch him as Harris collapsed at the finish, but was happy with silver.
 
He said: “It’s a breakthrough race for me. I had a good swim and was last into the breakaway group.”
 
A group of seven athletes worked well together and started the run with over a minute’s advantage over the chasing pack.
 
Harris added: “I was feeling really good for the first three laps. Once the Canadian went past me I was just hanging on for second place. I blanked out a bit; it was just that last kilometre that bit me.”
 
Britain’s Adam Bowden took seventh place following his strong performance in Hyde Park last weekend. Matt Sharp was just two places back in ninth. Todd Leckie was 19th and David McNamee 39th.
 
Lois Rosindale was the leading British woman in tenth, whilst Kerry Lang was 15th.
 
Sophie Coldwell claimed victory in the Junior European Cup event. It was a first international win for the Nottingham based sixteen-year-old who came through the heats to win the final against older, more experienced athletes.
 
Gordon Benson, another member of British Triathlon’s Olympic Talent Squad, finished third in the men’s junior race and the seventeen-year-old from Leeds will now look forward to the ITU World Junior Championships in Beijing next month.
 
Elite Men
1. Brent McMahon (CAN) 1:48:16
2. Aaron Harris (GBR) 1:48:22
3. Akos Vanek (HUN) 1:48:43
7. Adam Bowden (GBR) 1:49:35
9. Matthew Sharp (GBR) 1:49:42
19. Todd Leckie (GBR) 1:50:30
39. David McNamee (GBR) 1:51:39
 
Elite Women
1. Gwen Jorgensen (USA) 1:59:54
2. Annamaria Mazzetti (ITA) 2:00:02
3. Irina Abysova (RUS) 2:00:18
10. Lois Rosindale (GBR) 2:01:25  
15. Kerry Lang (GBR) 2:01:50
 
Junior Women (Swim 500m; Bike 13,2km; Run 3,2km)
1. Sophie Coldwell (GBR) 21:00
2. Eszter Pap (HUN) 21:04
3. Ashlee Bailie (AUS) 21:06  
5. Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR) 21:14
14. Ellie Walton (GBR) 22:03
 
Junior Men (Swim 500m; Bike 13,2km; Run 3,2km)
1. Matthias Steinwandter (ITA) 18:46
2. Ron Darmon (ISR) 18:50
3. Gordon Benson (GBR) 18:55
12. Andrew Hood (GBR) 19:23
15. Morgan Davies (GBR) 19:27
19. Simon Cooper (GBR) 19:42
20. Josh Harris (GBR) 19:48

Photo credit: Janos Schmidt

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