The Great Britain triathlon team has clinched eight gold medals at the 2009 Holten ETU Triathlon European Championships in the Netherlands earlier today (Saturday 4 July). Double Olympic Gold medalist James Cracknell was making his GB Age Group team debut finishing in the top ten of his age group category.
The GB Age Group team which travelled to the Netherlands included 251 athletes who successfully won 22 medals including five gold, nine silver and eight bronze, surpassing their tally of 21 medals from the 2008 Lisbon ETU Triathlon European Championships. One of big stories of the day was Barry Jameson competing in the 55-59 Age Group who won gold, adding to his 2008 World title won at the 2008 ITU World Championships.
The Great Britain team performed superbly, handling extreme conditions where the water temperature exceeded 22 degrees the legal limit for wearing wetsuits. The course also threw in some surprises as the bike leg in particular featured an undulating route; not something one would expect in the low lying nation of the Netherlands.
Great Britain Age Group Team Manager, Mike Griffin commented on the team's success: "It was a privilege to watch the team perform so well on what was a testing course in very hot conditions."
In the Para-triathlon event it was the Great Britain team that dominated winning eight medals including three gold, two silver and three bronze. Only two of the eight different categories in which the triathletes with disabilities were competing did Great Britain not achieve a podium finish.
James Cracknell who finished eighth in the Men's 35-39 Age Group , and already well known on the British triathlon circuit making his GB debut commented: "It was great to compete in a big arena. The whole town seems to be supporting this. My swim just wasn't good enough. No-one passed me on the bike and I think one person passed me on the run. Making my debut for the team I was happy with a top ten position, amongst a strong category for the British team winning silver and bronze medals."
Full results can be found on the event website: www.ectriathlon2009.eu.