Peasgood claims first national title

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 May 2015

George Peasgood. Picture: Rebecca Yexely

George Peasgood. Picture: Rebecca Yexely

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George Peasgood beat the field to claim his first national win at the 2015 British Paratriathlon Championships.

The 19-year-old finished the course in Llanelli, South Wales 1:07.18, the fastest time on the day.

The event also acted as the selection event for the ETU European Championships and ITU World Championships, which are being held later this year

Afterwards, whilst being interviewed by the BBC, the WaldenTRI athlete said: “It was a cracking race. I wanted to get away on the swim and just hold it as best as I could. My swim has improved a lot over the last six months with my training in Loughborough.

“The bike has always been my favourite discipline and the run is where I usually get caught, due to my impairment, so it was great to hold onto it today and pick up my first National win”

Peasgood, who studies and trains at Loughborough University, was competing in the PT4 category, which includes below elbow and knee impaired athletes. This category had the greatest number of competing athletes, all vying for a podium finish.

The 750m open water swim was in the North Dock, with the 20km multi-lap bike course being held on closed roads, finishing with 5km off road run along the Millennium Coastal Path.

Peasgood had a great race, exiting the water in first position. He managed to increase his lead on the bike and exited T2 to head off on the run two minutes ahead of second place.

He had a good run and held off the stiff competition to bring home the gold medal.

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