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Young Brits win gold, silver and bronze in Australia
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Saturday 17th January 2009


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The young athletes representing Great Britain in the 5th Australian Youth Olympic Festival triathlon competitions secured a gold, silver and bronze over the two days of competition.

Wondering what the event is? Well, from the event website: "The Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) was initiated by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) following the success of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The Festival was first held in Sydney in January 2001, and has been held bi-annually ever since. Like the Olympic Games athletes live in villages, undergo drug testing and there is an Opening Ceremony which features an athletes’ parade, raising of the Olympic flag and lighting of the Festival flame."

Day one (Friday) was the individual boys and girls events.

After winning the bronze medal in the junior event at the 2008 ITU World's in Vancouver, Jonathan Brownlee took gold in Australia. World Junior Duathlon Champion Sophie Coleman couldn't quite match that feat, but a super fast run brought her through to the silver medal, behind home athlete Holly Aitken. Tom Bishop and Jeremy Gilmour were 16th and 17th respectively, whilst Lucy Hall and Elinor Thorogood took 17th and 20th.

Pos Men Women
1st

Jonathan Brownlee (GBR)

Holly Aitken (AUS) 57:31
2nd Sam Appleton (AUS) Sophie Coleman (GBR) 57:52
3rd Jos Hoetjes (NZL) Yuka Sato (JPN) 58:10

The athletes were back today to take part in the team relay event, where each athlete completes a triathlon (300m / 8k / 3k), before handing over to their team-mates.

Australian teams took the top two spots for the junior girls, but the British team of Hall, Thorogood and Coleman edged out the Japanese by seven seconds to secure the bronze. For the boys, the team of Brownlee, Gilmour and Josh Daniels finished fifth (1:26:54)

Pos Men Women
1st

New Zealand 1:23:49

Australia Gold 1:31:31
2nd Australia Gold 1:23:53 Australia Green 1:33:02
3rd Canada 1:24:48 Great Britain 1:33:33

More information on the Australian Youth Olympic Festival can be found on their website (www.olympics.com.au). Hopefully we'll see one or two of these athletes at the full Olympics in 2012, 2016 or beyond.


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