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Aquathlon: Tough challenge for Brits at World Aquathlon Championships

October 17, 2012

Great Britain’s women faced a tough challenge this week at the World Aquathlon Championships in New Zealand.

The race, which comprises a 1km swim and 5km run, takes place three days before the World Triathlon Championships and is often used by elite and age group triathletes as a warm-up race.

This year four women challenged for the title of World Champion, with the low numbers possibly due to the elites targeting the triathlon, seen as the main event.

This year’s Championship also took place a month later than usual due to the Olympics, with some elites having already finished their season.

As it was, Nicky Samuels secured a home win for New Zealand in 33.02 with Emma Davis from Ireland winning silver in 34.23 and Croatian Tea Milos taking the final podium place in 34.54.

Unlike the elite races there was plenty of competition in the age group races, which were dominated by athletes from New Zealand, USA and Australia.

There was, however, a number of medals for the British age group women with Louise Bardsley finishing in second place overall, placing her second in her 30-34 age category behind Belinda Johnson from Australia.

Caroline Whittaker took gold in the 50-54 age category, whilst Christine Lutsch (30-34), Susannah Clarke (35-39) and Beverley Childs (55-59) took bronze.

British women dominated in the para-aquathlon, with gold for Karen Darke (Tri 1), Faye McClelland (Tri 4) and Melissa Reid (Tri 6) and seven medals in total.

Next year’s race takes place in Hyde Park on September 11.

Helen Russell, Sportsister

The Women’s Sports Magazine

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