TRIATHLON: JESSICA LEARMONTH EUROPEAN CHAMPION ETU
KITZBUEL (AUSTRIA) Triathlon star Jessica Learmonth *Kuota Kougar led home a British one-two to take European Triathlon Championship gold in Kitzbuhel, fending off Sophie Coldwell in the closing stages.
The Yorkshire athlete led after the swim and extended that quickly on the bike, with silver medalist Coldwell close behind.
A group of four, which also included Italy’s Alice Betto and Anastasia Gorbunova, broke away – but they could not live with Learmonth towards the end of the race as she kicked for home and burst clear to win.
Coldwell held off Betto and Gorbunova to take silver, with the Italian taking bronze. "I never expected to be European Champion when I started in triathlon but wow, I'm delighted,” Learmonth said.
"It was great riding and running with Sophie and to get a GB 1-2 is just amazing, and India made some tactical decisions which helped us."
1 Jessica Learmonth 1988 GBR 8 01:57:50 00:19:09 00:00:51 01:00:11 00:00:25 00:37:14
2 Sophie Coldwell 1995 GBR 15 01:58:05 00:19:49 00:00:49 00:59:34 00:00:26 00:37:27
3 Alice Betto 1987 ITA 14 01:58:31 00:19:45 00:00:51 00:59:36 00:00:26 00:37:53