December 6 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 27, 2013
WALDENTRI athlete George Peasgood claimed a bronze medal for Great Britain at the World Triathlon and Paratriathlon Championships.
The 17-year-old, competing in his first world championships, had ﬁnished fifth in his category (Paratri 5) at the European championships in Turkey earlier in the summer and was hoping for a top 10 place.
With a ﬁeld of athletes from all corners of the world in the Hyde Park event on Friday, the competition was tough.
He had a good 750m swim in the Serpentine, exiting the water in 11mins 5secs and, after a 300m run to transition, headed out on the 22.5km, three-lap course on the bike.
Recording a time of 37mins 29secs Peasgood was in a good position as he headed off for the 5km run.
The hard work put in over the summer paid off.
Finishing with an excellent sprint, Peasgood was ecstatic to be third in his category, just two seconds behind second place, with an overall time of 1hr 13mins 8secs.
Meanwhile, also taking part in the race festival – held at the 2012 Olympic Triathlon venue – was Peasgood’s older brother, Jack, and Junior Tri head coach, Geoff Jones.
Peasgood, in the 20-24 age group World Group Championships Olympic Distance, exited the 750m swim in 10mins 13secs and had an excellent bike leg, recording a time of 59mins 24secs over the 40km distance.
With a 10km run of 37mins 28secs, Peasgood had an overall race time of 1hr 52mins 19secs, bringing him in 15th place out of a 90-strong field.
Jones recorded an overall time of 2hrs 4mins 36secs for 47th place in the 50-54 age group.