Norfolk triathletes excel at World Championships at London’s Hyde Park
Norfolk triathletes proved they were among the best in the world when they competed at the World Triathlon Championships in London.
Three members of Norwich-based triathlon club Tri-Anglia have returned from the Hyde Park event with medals around their necks.
Matt Ellis, from Norwich, won gold in the 35-39 age category in the Olympic distance race on Sunday, managing to hold off a Mexican Olympian and club-mate Iain Robertson who took bronze.
His victory came just two days after he helped visually-impaired triathlete Iain Dawson, also a member of Tri-Anglia, win a bronze medal in the paratriathlon on Friday. The trio were among 17 members of Tri-Anglia and two from Lowestoft's Rock Estate who competed at the championships.
Over five days, competitors from 85 nations took part in either an aquathlon – swim and run – sprint or the Olympic distance triathlon. Cold conditions for Sunday's Olympic distance race meant the traditionally 1,500m swim was cut to 750m.
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Ellis, who lives in Thorpe Hamlet, said: 'I have spent much of the year managing injuries picked up last season and despite a lot of frustration not being able to train or race as much as I would have initially liked, I cannot be anything but delighted – and a little shocked – to win gold.
'I was amazed at the level of support the athletes had in London and feel very proud that, yet again, the capital put on a great show. It was great to also share the podium with 2004 Olympic triathlete Eligio Cervantes Islas (who won silver) and with a local club-mate, Iain Robertson who pushed me all the way.'
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On Friday, Dawson and Ellis were fifth out of the water before they tackled the wet and slippery 20km bike course on a tandem and a 5km run to take a Tri-6b third.
Dawson, from New Buckenham, said: 'It was great racing on home soil in London even if the weather wasn't brilliant.'