Michelle Dillon is the fastest overall female on the Gold Coast
12 medals – including seven Gold – for the GB team in Australia
The first day of competition on the Gold Coast at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final featured the ITU Sprint Triathlon Age-Group World Championships, which are held in the draft-legal format.
38 countries represented in a field of 1551, which included 178 British athletes. The final ‘scores on the doors’ – all detailed below – was seven Gold, two Silver and three Bronze for the British team.
The fastest British woman, Michelle Dillon, was also the fastest across all divisions while winning the 45-49 category. An Olympian in both 2000 and 2004, European Triathlon and World Duathlon Champion, Michelle’s Elite career ended around 10 years ago when she had to have spinal fusion surgery which has taken many years of rehab in order to get healthy again. She made a brief, and unexpected, comeback to Elite racing in 2016 when finishing second at the British Elite Duathlon Championships to Emma Pallant (who she coaches), and then raced at the World Duathlon Championships in Aviles, Spain later that year.
She need to be fast today simply to win her Age-Group, as second place and Silver went to Samantha Bradley (NZL), probably better known during her Elite career as Samantha Warriner, twice an Olympian herself and an ITU World Cup Series champion. Michelle and Samantha started the 5km run within seconds of each other, before Michele was able to pull clear with an 18:00 5km, the best run of the day. It’s great to see these athletes still have the drive and desire to race, long after their ‘Pro’ careers are over.
Fastest British Athletes Overall – Women
1st – Michelle Dillon (45-49) – 1:04:01 – Fastest across all categories
2nd – Amy Pritchard (40-44) – 1:07:47 – 5th in AG
3rd – Lena Poulton (45-49) – 1:08:06 – 4th in AG
4th – Wendy Casterton (40-44) – 1:08:06 – 6th in AG
5th – Rebecca Goodwin (30-34) – 1:08:17 – 5th in AG
— Precision Fuel & Hydration (@precisionfandh) September 13, 2018
Of her race today, Michelle said:
“It’s been a while since I’ve had this on top of the world feeling, to win my AG today meant a hell of a lot to me with such a tough journey to get back to racing again. I was surprised to lead the swim out (never happened before!) even more surprised to clock the fastest female time out of all Age Groups (gobsmacked) I will cherish this moment as you never know if this will happen again. So incredibly happy and chuffed to bits, hard work does pay off, if you have a goal and want to go after it, challenge yourself and never give up!!”
The men’s Age-Group racing saw some incredibly close finishes. James Hodgson (20-24) and Edward Castro (30-34) were the two fastest British athletes, and both won their respective categories in sprint finishes, clocking the same time as the Silver medallists… who were both from New Zealand.
Edward also won over the sprint distance recently in Glasgow, while James Wilson (35-39) has now won European and World Championship Gold in both 2017 and 2018.
Fastest British Athletes Overall – Men
1st – James Hodgson (20-24) – 59:11 – 8th fastest overall and AG winner
2nd – Edward Castro (30-34) – 59:14 – 10th fastest overall and AG winner
3rd – James Wilson (35-39) – 59:50 – AG winner
4th – Thomas Dalgamo (20-24) – 1:00:22 – 8th in AG
5th – Peter Campbell (30-34) – 1:00:46 – 5th in AG
— Team BGS Swimming (@Team_BGS_Swim) September 13, 2018
ITU Sprint Triathlon Age-Group World Championship, Gold Coast, Australia
Thursday 13th September 2018 – 750m / 20km / 5km (Draft Legal)
Great Britain Age-Group Medals (12)
- James Hodgson – 20-24 Male AG Sprint
- Edward Castro – 30-34 Male AG Sprint
- James Wilson – 35-39 Male AG Sprint
- Michelle Dillon – 45-49 Female AG Sprint
- Penny Rother – 60-64 Female AG Sprint
- Peggy Crome – 75-79 Female AG Sprint
- Mary Anstey – 80-84 Female AG Sprint
— Edward Castro (@EddieeeC) September 13, 2018
- Barbara Holmes – 55-59 Female AG Sprint
- Anne Hughes – 65-69 Female AG Sprint
- Stephen Holmes – 35-39 Male AG Sprint
- Linda Russell-Bond – 60-64 Female AG Sprint
- Helen Hayes – 70-74 Female AG Sprint
GREAT BRITAIN AGE-GROUP SPRINT WORLD’S MEDALS
COMPARISON TO PREVIOUS CHAMPIONSHIPS
|2018 – Gold Coast||7||2||3||12|
|2017 – Rotterdam||13||14||8||35|
|2016 – Cozumel||3||6||2||11|
|2015 – Chicago||1||4||6||11|
|2014 – Edmonton||2||8||3||13|
|2013 – London||12||12||5||29|
|2012 – Auckland||4||4||5||13|