Wight Tri member and Isle of Wight Talented Athlete, Liz Dunlop, took on both the sprint and the standard distance triathlon events at the Age Group World Championships on the Gold Coast in Australia last weekend (15th/16th September).
First up was the sprint event, which was a draft legal race. Liz completed it in 1:22:39 and finished a respectable 12th in the 60-64 age group. Liz had a super person best (PB) swim of 12:24, coming out 10th in her age group.
The 20km technical bike route was fairly flat with a couple of hills added in, but made tougher with the headwind on the outward stretch. Liz managed to get into a pack on the to complete it in 38:19 and enter T2 in 14th. She finished the event off with a solid run split of 26:12, making up 2 places to finish in 12th position overall.
3 days later, she took on the standard distance (non drafting) event and had a similar race, with a PB swim of 24:44, exiting in 12th position.
The 40km bike was 2 laps of the sprint distance but it was made tougher this time with a strong head wind on the return legs. Liz completed this in 1:15:44, losing a few places to faster cyclists.
The run again was a 2 lap route, taken in the sprint course. Liz completed it in 54:16 to finish in total time of 2:40:51 and 16th in her age group, disappointingly only one place off a PQ for next years World Championships In Lausanne.
Liz was happy with her performances over the 2 races as these included tough quality fields of triathletes and this has been a long season of racing, and still yet not finished. Her final race will be the Ironman Turkey 70.3 at the end of October.
She would like to thank the Isle of Wight Council and Wightlink for their continued support through the Talented Athlete Award Scheme.