Alistair Brownlee and Beth Potter claim gold for Britain in European Championships

British triathlon had a successful weekend at the European Triathlon Championships, claiming a double victory by Alistair Brownlee and Beth Potter.

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Brownlee claimed his forth European title on Saturday adding further to the growing list of successes, beating Portugal’s Joao Pereira and Belgium’s Jelle Greens at the European Championships in the Dutch city Weert.

The swim delivered a small group with a lead of 22 seconds, but with a tail wind on the bike this soon extended to 40 seconds as the athletes cycled into Weert. Out on the run Brownlee kicked up the pace leaving the chasing athletes behind him claiming his victory

Brownlee came into the race with amazing form, after his victory in the ITU World Cup Event, despite it being a shorter sprint event. His crushing victory shows that he still remains top of the field leading into Tokyo 2020.

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Britain’s Beth Potter also came home with the victory finishing ahead of France’s Sandra Dodet and Belgium’s Claire Michel. This was her first major title after switching from athletics in 2017.

Potter came out of the water in 9th place placing her in the leading group going into the bike, along with fellow contenders Sandra Dodet and Claire Michel. A group of 18 managed a breakaway from the rest of the athletes, pulling away with a 90 second lead as they transitioned into the run. Potter soon established a lead, running with a seemingly easy style, she easily powered her way to a victory.

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