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Grant Sheldon: World University Champion
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 8th August 2016


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Sheldon wins World University Championships in Switzerland

In the weekend preview, regarding Sunday's World University Triathlon Championships in Nyon, Switzerland, we referenced Great Britain's previous success and said, "always a high quality event - but one that the Brits have still excelled at in recent years. Can we do it again?".

Well, the answer to that was a resounding yes - congratulations to Grant Sheldon on taking a decisive Gold medal against a quality field, many of who are regulars on the ITU World Cup and ITU World Triathlon Series circuit.

Christopher Perham lead out of the water with Sheldon, Calum Johnson and Douglas Roberts all within seconds in what was a strong start for the British team.

A group of more than 25 athletes started the 10km run within 20 seconds, at which point Sheldon proceeded to dominate the race, running a full 30 seconds faster than Silver medal winner Jonas Schomburg (TUR), to take the title. Johnson (5th) and Perham (7th) meant that it was three Brits inside the top 10.

Japan's Yuko Takahashi took the women's title, with the British trio of Zoe Thomas (18th), Natalie Milne (20th) and Hannah Drewett (22nd) all finishing close together.

Nyon FISU World University Triathlon Championship - 7th August 2016
1.5km / 40km / 10km

MEN

1st - Grant Sheldon (GBR) - 1:46:47
2nd - Jonas Schomburg (TUR) - 1:47:21
3rd - Leo Bergere (FRA) - 1:47:50

5th - Calum Johnson (GBR) - 1:48:00
7th - Christopher Perham (GBR) - 1:49:04
20th - Douglas Roberts (GBR) - 1:51:37

WOMEN

1st - Yuko Takahashi (JPN) - 2:00:54
2nd - Vanessa De La Torre (MEX) - 2:01:15
3rd - Sandra Dodet (FRA) - 2:01:34

18th - Zoe Thomas (GBR) - 2:04:58
20th - Natalie Milne (GBR) - 2:05:12
22nd - Hannah Drewett (GBR) - 2:06:45


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