Eurocoast Triathlon Club members Sally Jeffrey and Dan Lloyd-Jones both came away with impressive results from the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon Grand Final held on the Gold Coast last week.
Both represented Australia in the Sprint Distance race (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run) held on Thursday, where Sally came 6th in her age group with a race time of 1:16:47. Sally was the 3rd best Australian finisher, also behind three other British athletes. Sally had a slower swim and bike leg than those who finished ahead of her, but she had the fastest run leg of all athletes.
Dan finished in a time of 1:01:59, and was the seventh of the Australian contingent, out of a total field of 90 athletes. Dan had the equal fastest bike leg, and a time of 10 seconds was all that he was from finishing 6th.
Sally back up on Sunday for the Olympic distance race (1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run), finishing 7th, in a time of 2:28:55, and was the leading Australian finisher by some 30 seconds. Sally lost time to those who completed the course ahead of her on the swim and bike leg, but recorded the second fastest run time, only beaten by the overall race winner, Canadian Margie Ritchie.
Club President Rodney Bradley said “We are justifiably proud for Sally and Daniel, to both represent Australia and for the results they achieved. But these are two exceptional athletes. The clubs focus is to support all of our members, no matter what level they compete at, or their ability.” He added “It is extraordinary that a club of our size has had in our short history have three members race at world championship level”.
From here, members focus moves back to the domestic races. Some will be preparing for the Long Course Weekend at Jervis Bay from 19-21 October, where athletes can select various race distances in the swim/bike/run leg over consecutive days.
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Above: Dan Lloyd-Jones racing in the ITU World Grand Final in Mexico