Silver lining for Brits in Edmonton

Silver lining for Brits in Edmonton

22 July 2019 / 11:49

Great Britain clinched silver in the Mixed Team Relay at the ITU World Triathlon Series in Edmonton, Canada.

The quartet of Sophie Coldwell, Jonathan Brownlee, India Lee and Gordon Benson combined to finish nine seconds behind winners New Zealand.

It was a strong lead off leg for Coldwell, who came out of the swim in the top three and moved up to second in the run.

Brownlee, buoyed from his first individual win in the series for two years, stayed in the podium positions on the bike before taking control on the run where he tagged Lee with a 14-second lead in hand.

After extending her lead in the swim, Lee was caught by New Zealand and America on the bike leg, but she remained in the top three as the race entered the final phase.

Benson and New Zealand’s Hayden Wilde were inseparable on the bike, but the Kiwi began to stretch out the lead on the run with the Brit securing silver.

Brownlee acknowledged he was feeling the effects of his individual victory but was delighted to have come away from Edmonton with two medals.

“I was tired earlier today but once I got going, I was fine,” Brownlee said.

“Relays are great fun and now I’ve been on the podium twice in a weekend.

“They’re a bit like buses these podiums but it’s been a good weekend.” 

Despite finishing second, Benson relished being part of the team environment.

“It was tough. You are always in a vulnerable position when you are out in the front,” Benson added.

“I wanted to hit the bike hard from the start and two of us got away and started working the gap.

“I just really enjoyed it to be honest. We are a great team.”

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