Triathlon trio selected for Euro Champs

22 June 2007

Three Team Bath triathletes have been selected to represent Great Britain at next weekend’s European Championships in Copenhagen.

Julie Dibens is a member of the five-strong GB women’s senior team for the championships, while teenagers Aaron Harris and Mark Threlfall are both members of the junior boys team.

All three go into the competition of the back of some strong results. Mark Threlfall won an impressive silver medal in junior men’s race at the European Duathlon Championships in Edinburgh last weekend.

The 19-year-old produced a strong performance, leading the field by 15 seconds going into the final run – but was passed by Portugal’s Joao Silva.

Aaron Harris, a University of Bath Sports Performance student, also raced well, but had to recover from a crash in the cycling leg to finish 12th overall in the men’s junior event.

Tom Room, a final year Natural Sciences student at the University of Bath, was also in action in Edinburgh, finishing sixth overall in the men’s under-23 event.

Dibens meanwhile continued her terrific year by taking the women’s title at the UK Ironman 70.3 race at Wimbleball Lake near Dulverton in Somerset.

Dibens won the triathlon of a 1.2-miles swim followed by a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run in a new course record of four hours 49 minutes and 28 seconds – a winning margin of almost eight minutes.

The European Triathlon Championships are being held from 29th June to 1st July.

The University of Bath has one of the leading university sports departments in the UK. Under its Team Bath brand, its success is based on the expertise and dedication of staff, and its excellent facilities, used by the community and Olympic medal winners alike.

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