Peasgood takes silver at Hyde Park

PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:00 02 June 2015

George Peasgood exited the bike section in first place.

George Peasgood exited the bike section in first place.

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George Peasgood won the silver medal at the British round of the ITU Paratriathlon World Series.

Having recently won gold in the British Championships in Wales, Peasgood, up against a stellar field of high class international paratriathletes, had an exceptional 750m swim in the Serpentine, exiting the water in first position in a time of 9:38.

Following a very speedy transition, he maintained his lead on the technical 20km closed road bike course within Hyde Park with a 30.40 split and he headed out to the three-lap 5km run still in first position, putting in a good effort to try and stave off the opposition.

Stefan Daniel, of Canada, passed Peasgood on the second lap of the run to take the gold medal. The WaldenTRI athlete finished in a very commendable second place, with a run time of 19:43 and overall time of 1:02:03.

Alexander Yalchick of Russia finished third.

“It was really good. I tried to hold on in the run and it paid off. I knew he was going to catch me at some point because he’s a really good runner. I tried to lift up my knees, keep up the tempo and keep the distance as minimal as possible,” Peasgood told British Triathlon.

The following morning over 2,000 athletes took part in the Olympic Open Age Event (1.5km swim, 36.5km bike, 10km) over the same course. Representing WaldenTri, Brendan Moran started his swim in the Serpentine at 7:15. In a crash-strewn bike event, he came home in a time of 2:33:43. A strong run time of 40:53 saw him placed 105th out of 261 in the M40 age group.

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