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Sharp and Johnson on top in Spain
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 11th April 2016


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Another British podium double in the ETU Triathlon European Cup Series

One week ago, Jessica Learmonth and Lucy Hall time-trialled their way to a British one-two at the Quarteira ETU Triathlon European Cup in Portugal. Seven days on and the series had moved to Spain for the Melilla ETU Triathon European Cup event. Onne again, it was Gold and Silver for Great Britain.

Racing over the Olympic Distance, this time around it was the turn of the British men to excel. Taking the spoils this week were Matthew Sharp and Calum Johnson, who both produced the joint fastest final run times (30:55), to finish well clear of third placed Italian, Massimo De Ponti, after the swim and bike sections had seen a large group arrive at T2 together to decide the podium over the final 10km.

The race was a contrast to his 34th place just a week ago in Portugal for Sharp, while Johnson was able to continue the form which saw him take Silver a week previously in the British Elite Duathlon Championships.

As well as Matthew and Calum, the remaining British position were: Douglas Roberts (8th), Iestyn Harrett (20th), Beau Smith (26th) and Liam Lloyd (35th).

Melilla ETU Triathlon European Cup - Sunday 10th April 2016
1.5km / 40km / 10km

Pos Men Women
1st Matthew Sharp (GBR) 1:51:40 Margit Vanek (HUN) 2:05:47
2nd Calum Johnson (GBR) 1:51:47 Anna Godoy Contreras (ESP) 2:06:28
3rd Massimo De Ponti (ITA) 1:52:30 Verena Steinhauser (ITA) 2:06:55
4th Ignacio Gonzalez Garcia (ESP) 1:52:44 Sarah Perez Sala (ESP) 2:09:30
5th Stefan Zachaeus (LUX) 1:52:52 Camila Alonso (ESP) 2:11:12

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