It was a successful ITU World Triathlon Championships, in Lausanne Switzerland, for Canberra Triathletes as they claimed two gold, one silver and a bronze.
On one of the toughest triathlon courses in the world, Angharad Llewellyn, coached by former Olympian Megan Hall at Tri 3 Coaching, claimed the gold medal in the 25-29 age group sprint distance race on Saturday.
“I’m so stoked that I was able to execute my race plan and get the little things right and it turns out I came away with the win”, said Llewellyn after the 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run event.
“My coach Megan Hall and I have worked hard for the last 3 years to make this dream a reality! While triathlon is an individual sport, it has been a big team effort to get to today. I’m lucky to have a great team around me.”
The JT Multisport club had a stellar event with coach James Thorp’s team delivering three medals.
Tracy Clinch is number one in the world, as she won gold in the 30-34 age group for the standard, after only two years in the sport of triathlon.
She had the fastest run split of the day and the second fastest overall time out of all the female age group athletes competing in Lausanne.
“I didn't have my best swim, on the bike I went as hard as I could
Grace Hoitink claimed silver in the 20-24 age group, in the Standard distance event, after three previous top ten finishes at world championship events.
Hoitink was ecstatic after the race. “It feels blood amazing. I had a pretty good swim out in the front pack. I rode for my life and ran for my life.”
Yoann Colin delivered a bronze medal, in the 20-24 standard triathlon age group, after a fourth in the sprint triathlon event the previous day.
“My swim went definitely a lot better than yesterday. I got out to a much better start and found some feet pretty early on and that made it a lot easier.”
“As we (with coach James Thorp) focused on all year, the small things in terms of skill and I think that set me up for a better race today.”
Two time ITU World Paratriathlon Champion, Emily Tapp (Tri 3 CoachIng) wasn’t able to deliver the three-peat as she finished sixth, with fellow Australian Lauren Parker claiming the gold in the PTWC category.
Up and coming paratriathlete, Clint Pickin (Tri 3 Coaching) produced a solid performance, finishing in 9th place in the PTS4 category.
Twenty three Canberra triathletes competed over three days with the following results:
Tracy Clinch 30-34 Standard (JT Multisport) 1st (2nd overall female)
Angharad Llewellyn 25-29 Sprint (Tri 3 Coaching) 1st
Grace Hoitink 20-24 Standard (JT Multisport) 2nd
Yoann Colin 20-24 Standard (JT Multisport) 3rd
Ellen Guiney 20-24 Standard (JT Multisport) 4th
Yoann Colin 20-24 Sprint (JT Multisport) 4th
Emily Tapp PTWC Paratriathlon (Tri 3 Coaching) 6th
Lachlan Lewis 80-84 Sprint (Canberra Bilbys Triathlon Club) 8th
Clint Pickin PTS4 Paratriathlon (Tri 3 Coaching) 9th
Jo Whithear 50-54 Sprint (JT Multisport) 19th
Robyn McClelland 65-69 Standard (Females in Training) 22nd
Peter Macartney 65-69 Sprint (Canberra Bilbys Triathlon Club) 46th
Petra Lean 60-64 Sprint (Transcend Multisport/Canberra Bilbys Triathlon Club) 51st
Geraldine Cusack 55-59 Sprint (Females in Training) 61st
Amanda Power 55-59 Standard (Females in Training) 67th
Sue Donoghoe 55-59 Sprint (Canberra Bilbys Triathlon Club) 69th
Greg Terrill 55-59 Sprint (Cruiz Swimming Club) 70th
Rob Moore 45-49 Sprint (JT Multisport) 98th
Trevor Matthews 50-54 Sprint (JT Multisport) 102nd
David Rudgley 55-59 Standard (Canberra Bilbys Triathlon Club) 112th
Thomas Pearce 55-59 Sprint (Canberra Bilbys Triathlon Club) 116th
John Cartwright 55-59 Standard (JT Multisport) 147th
Lachlan Lewis 80-84 Standard (Canberra Bilbys Triathlon Club) DNF