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Holland takes European triathlon silver

June 14, 2013 20:13 pm

Great Britain's Vicky Holland settled for silver after she was edged out in a photo finish at the triathlon European Championships in Turkey.

Holland's Rachel Klamer claimed the title in five-way battle for gold but Holland finished just two seconds behind, crossing the line in one hour, 55 minutes and 45 seconds, and the Czech Republic's Vendula Frintova completed the podium.

"I had a great swim and felt in control. I didn’t have the best of transitions," said Holland. 

"Unfortunately, I gave away a bit of time.  On the final lap, I didn’t know how I was going to feel.  I couldn’t give anything more, I am really pleased. On the final hill, Rachel (Klamer) dug in and then it was on from there. We dropped the others and then Rachel broke away.

“I’m over the moon. I don’t think I could have asked for more, especially not a medal. It’s a championship medal and it’s a medal for Great Britain, so it’s right up there.”

Meanwhile, British youngster Georgia Taylor-Brown returned from a two-month injury lay-off to win the European junior title, cruising home more than 40 seconds ahead of Germany's Laura Lindemann.

“I didn’t think at all that I was going to win as I’ve had two months out from injury and have only just started back running,” she said.

“But I didn’t put any pressure on myself, just told myself to do what I do and it worked out.

“We got a break on the last bike lap, a couple of girls went down, and after that it was just a case of head down and go for it and luckily, I felt alright on the run.”

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