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Leanda Cave: Superbird can fly
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Sunday 14th October 2012


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Is Leanda Cave the most underrated Championship performer in British triathlon history?

In the early hours of this morning (UK time) Leanda added the Ironman World Championship title to an incredibly impressive CV - and one which represents a consistent ability over many years to secure podium finishes in the biggest races in the world. "I hope they don't invent another distance, I'm getting too old for this!" was one of her post-race comments to the Ironman team - and with good reason. As well as matching the 2011 achievement of Craig Alexander by winning the Ironman 70.3 / Ironman World Championship double in the same year (only the second athlete to achieve that), it was also her fourth different career World Championship title; having won the ITU and ITU Long Distance events in 2002 and 2007 respectively too.

In total she has secured EIGHT World Championship podium finishes over the last 11 seasons.

To those you can add medals at the Commonwealth Games, European Championships and more - and that is without even considering multiple Ironman 70.3 series wins, Escape from Alcatraz, Wildflower and a sub-nine hour Ironman finish which are just a selection from her palmarès. Incredibly impressive, Superbird!

LEANDA CAVE - MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP MEDALS

IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • GOLD - 2012 (Kona)
  • BRONZE - 2011 (Kona)

IRONMAN 70.3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • GOLD - 2012 (Vegas)
  • SILVER - 2010 (Clearwater)
  • BRONZE - 2007 (Clearwater)

ITU LONG DISTANCE TRIATHLON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • GOLD - 2007 (Lorient)
  • SILVER - 2011 (Vegas)

ITU TRIATHLON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (STANDARD)

  • GOLD - 2002 (Cancun)

COMMONWEALTH GAMES

  • SILVER - 2002 (Manchester)

ETU EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • SILVER - 2002 (Gyor)

ITU TRIATHLON WORLD CUP

  • GOLD - 2004 (Tongyeong, Korea)
  • BRONZE - 2006 (Tiszaujvaros, Hungary)

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