News Archive, Category: Triathlon

Scholar Leon Chevalier reigns in Spain as stunning season of Ironman competition ends with course record and World Champs qualification

28 October 2021

University of Bath sporting scholar Leon Chevalier capped a stunning season by setting a course record as he beat a championship field to win the Ironman Mallorca event in Spain. The Chemical Engineering Masters student, who is supported by a Santander Scholarship, was one of only two athletes to break the eight-hour barrier for the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and marathon 26-mile run as he crossed the line in 7:59.03 to finish 56 seconds...

Vicky Holland (right) on the podium in the opening round of the 2021 Super League Triathlon Championships in London, September 2021

Vicky Holland takes her place on all-British podium as 2021 Super League Triathlon Championship begins in London

07 September 2021

Triathlete Vicky Holland won a bronze medal as part of all-British podium as London hosted the opening round of the 2021 Super League Triathlon Championship on Sunday. Holland, who trains at the University of Bath, joined fellow Tokyo 2020 Olympians Jess Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown on the women’s podium at the event in Canary Wharf. It was raced in a triple mix format, with the traditional triathlon order of swim, bike and run shuffled across...

Tokyo 2020: Who to watch and when as eight University of Bath-based sportspeople and one graduate compete at Paralympic Games

23 August 2021

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games officially get under way on Tuesday with eight sportspeople who train at the University of Bath and one graduate among the 227 ParalympicsGB athletes taking on the world. Among the first British athletes in action is wheelchair fencer Piers Gilliver, who begins the first of his four medal bids at 1am BST on Wednesday in the Category A sabre competition. Gilliver then goes for gold the following day in the...

2G9JRDX Tokyo, Japan. Credit: Matsuo. 27th July, 2021. Vicky Holland (GBR) Triathlon : Women's Final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo, Japan. Credit: Matsuo .K/AFLO SPORT/Alamy Live News

Tokyo 2020: Third Games for triathlete Vicky Holland and Olympic debut for judoka Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz during busy day of action

27 July 2021

Triathlete Vicky Holland became a three-time Olympian and judoka Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz made her Games debut during a busy Tuesday for University of Bath-based sportspeople at Tokyo 2020. Rio 2016 medallist Holland, who trains with the British Triathlon Bath National Performance Centre at the Team Bath Sports Training Village, finished 13th in an eventful women’s final that was affected by high winds and heavy rain after Typhoon Nepartak hit Tokyo in the early hours of the...

Tokyo 2020: Bath-based triathlon history-maker Vicky Holland “shooting for the top” as she competes in her third Olympic Games

26 July 2021

University of Bath-based triathlete Vicky Holland says she is “shooting for the top” as she goes into the third and final Olympic Games of her stellar career. After making her debut on home soil during the unforgettable London 2012 Games, Holland made history four years later when she became the first British woman to win an Olympic triathlon medal by bagging a brilliant bronze at Rio 2016. Now the 2018 World Champion is returning to...

Tokyo 2020: Who to watch and when as 20 University of Bath-based sportspeople and 13 graduates compete at Olympic Games

22 July 2021

After a year’s delay, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are finally here and we are looking forward to cheering on 20 sportspeople who train at the University of Bath as they compete on the biggest sporting stage of all. Thirteen graduates of the University will also be representing their countries across a wide range of sports at the Games, which run until Sunday 8th August. All are dreaming of joining the celebrated ranks of Olympic...

Michael Taylor. CREDIT: imagecomms

Paratriathlete Michael Taylor becomes fifth University of Bath-based sportsperson officially selected for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

08 July 2021

Paratriathlete Michael Taylor has today become the 25th sportsperson based at the University of Bath to be selected for Tokyo 2020 after being named in the ParalympicsGB squad. It will be a Paralympic Games debut for Taylor, who has been training with the British Triathlon Bath National Performance Centre squad at the Team Bath Sports Training Village for the past year. "It’s a pretty incredible feeling to be going to my first Paralympic Games," he...

Second silver of the season for Michael Taylor in front of home fans as Leeds hosts World Triathlon Para Series for first time

05 June 2021

University of Bath-based Michael Taylor won a superb silver in Leeds’ Roundhay Park on Saturday during the first-ever World Triathlon Para Series event to take place on British soil. Taylor, coached by Rhys Davey at the British Triathlon Bath National Performance Centre, matched his performance in Yokahama, Japan last month as he finished runner-up to 2019 world champion Alexis Hanquinquant of France in the PTS4 race. It was one of five medals won by British...

Superb silver at World Triathlon Para Series in Yokohama boosts Michael Taylor’s Tokyo Paralympics ambitions

17 May 2021

University of Bath-based Michael Taylor bolstered his bid for a place at this summer’s Tokyo Paralympic Games by winning a super silver medal at the 2021 World Triathlon Para Series event in Yokohama, Japan on Saturday. Taylor, who is coached by Rhys Davey at the British Triathlon Bath National Performance Centre, was competing on the World Para Triathlon Series stage for just the second time having made his debut 15 months ago but looked in...

From Rio inspiration to targeting Tokyo – para-triathlete Michael Taylor seeking to continue rapid rise with 100 days to Paralympics

14 May 2021

Back in 2016, when all Paralympic and Olympic eyes were on Rio, Michael Taylor was newly-disabled – he is an amputee – and wondering what came next. Fast forward five years and now a first-year medical student, the qualified physiotherapist is aiming not to be watching the Tokyo Paralympic Games this summer but competing in them in the para-triathlon PTS4 category. “I was looking around for a new sport after my injury and the Olympic...

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