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Student Represents Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships in Chicago.Published: 12/10/2015 10:09:00 | Category: Sport
Chris Davies L66 represented Great Britain in the 16-19 age group at the Grand Final of the World Triathlon Championships in Chicago.
Having qualified earlier in the year in Cambridgeshire, he travelled to Chicago with his family. On arriving at the hotel, one of the first tasks was to re-build his bike which had been packed in a bike box for the flight. This triathlon was unusual as there was no opportunity to practise the swim or bike routes as the swim was taking part in a busy part of Lake Michigan full of yachts, and the cycle was on the busy Chicago streets which could only be shut on race days.
Having checked all of his equipment, performed a couple of training runs and swims it was time to book in the night before the race. The pre-race routines are as important in the race itself. Mistakes here can really be magnified on the following day.
There weren’t too many nerves before the race although a lot of the other athletes were a lot older and much bigger than me. You get to a point where you just want to get on with it. I was in the first race of the day. I could warm up on land but then you have to jump in the lake and start almost straight away. It’s always very tense waiting for the starting horn to blast. .
The swim is always the worst part of the race for Chris; it’s very hard with the jostling and elbows in your face. At the end of the swim, Chris was in the second half of the field, however, as always he caught up lots of people running to transition to get to the bike and was quick out of his wet suit. Chris was strong in the bike phase, although the Mexicans in front of him formed a peleton which is against the rules as it was a non-drafting race. They did get time penalties and disqualifications, however. The run section is his main strength and this proved the case once more. Despite It being a really hot day, approximately 30 degrees centigrade, Chris stayed strong as others began to struggle, finishing an incredible 21st from 90 starters. He came in in front of the boy who won the European Champs in Kitzbuhel last year which was a good achievement and was the 5th ranked GB athlete.
Chris said “I really enjoyed the race, especially having the opportunity to race against others from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and across America. There were some really good athletes there”.
Whilst in Chicago, he went along to support the other age group athletes competing in the standard distance triathlon, including the BBC news reporter Louise Minchin. There were also the elite races and it was great to see Non Stanford and Lucy Holland earn their Olympic places by finishing 2nd and 3rd. Jonny Brownlee had a good race considering he is recovering from a leg fracture! Seeing them close up really gave Chris an insight in what’s needed to progress to the next level.
Chris feels that it was well worth travelling to Chicago for the experience. Chris is the epitome of the student athlete. Having secured 6 A*’s and 5 A’s at G.C.S.E. last year, he is determined to be successful on all fronts. The next international race which he has qualified for is the European Champs in Lisbon next May which I hope he hopes to be able to fit round exams.
The school are hugely proud of his achievements and look forward to tracking his future successes.
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