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Gallery: Coldwell's ETU Silver
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 20th June 2016


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Sophie Coldwell's ETU Triathlon European Under-23 Championship Silver In Pictures

Almost a year ago I was standing in the queue, waiting for a table in Pizza Express in Liverpool (ahead of Tri Liverpool, which she won the next day...), next to Sophie Coldwell, when news came through that Lucy Halll had just won the ETU Triathlon Under-23 European Championships in Banyoles, Spain.

Fast forward, and this year it was Sophie who was leading the British team in the 2016 event in Burgas, Bulgaria - and lead it well she did, earning the Silver medal on Saturday to continue an impressive run of success in the championship by British athletes. She added another on Sunday too, alongside teammates Zoe Thomas, Christopher Perham and Morgan Davies in the Mixed Team Relay.

Here's a gallery of her race on Saturday, thanks to the team at ETU Triathlon.


The athletes are called on to the beach start area in Burgas.

ETU Triathlon european Under-23 Championships 2016

All lined up and almost ready to go.

ETU Triathlon european Under-23 Championships 2016

Zoe Thomas looks on as Sophie Coldwell looks focussed.

ETU Triathlon european Under-23 Championships 2016

And they are off...

ETU Triathlon european Under-23 Championships 2016

As expected, Coldwell was at the front of the 750m, non-wetsuit swim. The exit to T1 included a tough run up these steps.

ETU Triathlon european Under-23 Championships 2016

The flat bike course meant that breakaways were always going to be difficult. Coldwell and Thomas are seen here in the large leading pack.

ETU Triathlon european Under-23 Championships 2016

It was hot work for the officials in Bulgaria too. GB's Paul Groves grabs a drink!

ETU Triathlon european Under-23 Championships 2016

With a large group, it was all going to be decided in T2 and the final 5km run.

ETU Triathlon european Under-23 Championships 2016

Italy's Olmo had a swift transition, but Coldwell was keeping her in her sights - on, allegedly, her weakest discipline.

ETU Triathlon european Under-23 Championships 2016

Still focussed - but the Italian would go on to take the Gold in a close race to the finish line.

ETU Triathlon european Under-23 Championships 2016

Zoe Thomas on the run course

ETU Triathlon european Under-23 Championships 2016

All looking rather serious on the podium at this stage...

ETU Triathlon european Under-23 Championships 2016

...until the champagne arrived and Sophie was quickest with the spraying!

ETU Triathlon european Under-23 Championships 2016

What goes around, comes around.

ETU Triathlon european Under-23 Championships 2016

Cheers!

ETU Triathlon european Under-23 Championships 2016

Plenty of smiles to finish the day

ETU Triathlon european Under-23 Championships 2016


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