TRI247
Search
shop
WIN a year of riding on ROUVY plus indoor cycling kit bundle
ENTER NOW

Elite Gold and Silver as Learmonth and Coldwell dominate Euro Champs

Great Britain continued their domination on day one of the ETU Triathlon European Championships with Gold and Silver in the Elite Women's Championship

Chief Correspondent
Last updated -
SHOP
Rouvy Logo
Ride real routes with ROUVY

Jessica Learmonth wins her first European Triathlon Championship

Just five days after her sixth place finish at the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds (achieved despite, not because, of some very strange team tactics…), Jess Learmonth proved once again she is a fine triathlete in her own right, running to victory at the ETU Triathlon European Championships in Kitzbuhel this afternoon. On what has been an amazing day one for the British team in Austria, Sophie Coldwell added Elite Silver.

First out of the water again, Learmonth was followed around 40 seconds later from the 1.5km swim by Sophie Coldwell, Alice Betto (ITA) and Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS), with Anasastia Gorbunova (RUS) in between Jess and that trio.

The bike quickly became a good working group of four – and pulling away from everyone else. Abrosimova was left behind, and it was Learmonth, Coldwell, Betto and Gorbunova who would reach T2 with a lead of well over two minutes on the large pack of chasers, which included defending champion, India Lee.

Gorbunova was soon dropped on the run and would fade back to finish 11th, meanwhile the two Brits ran side-by-side for the first three laps and gradually extended their lead over Betto, the Bronze medal winner in Leeds last Sunday. The medals all look set – but which Brit would take the title?

Jess made a move late in the run and Sophie couldn’t follow, and after Silver last year in the ETU Champs over the Sprint distance, it would be one place higher for the rapidly improving Leeds-based athlete. Silver represents another great performance from Sophie who just improves year-on-year. Last year she was second in the European Under-23 Champs – now she has repeated that at Senior level. Having won and ETU Cup race, the British Elite Championships and finished fourth in the World Triathlon Series race by the middle of June, she should be thrilled with her year so far.

Defending Champion India Lee was in that main chase pack at T2, from which she would finish 15th.

All-in-all, a virtually flawless day from the British team on Day one of the championships. The bar has been set very high for tomorrow and Sunday.

https://www.facebook.com/EtuKitzbuehelTriathlonEuropeanChampionships2017/videos/1272422169547624/

Kitzbuhel ETU Triathlon European Championships
Friday 16th June 2017 – 1.5km / 40km / 10km

ELITE WOMEN

1st – Jess Learmonth (GBR) – 1:57:50
2nd – Sophie Coldwell (GBR) -1:58:05
3rd – Alice Betto (ITA) – 1:58:31

15th – India Lee (GBR) – 2:01:24

John Levison
Written by
John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
Discover more
Challenge Family Roth
Five things you need to know about the Challenge Roth bike course
Pelotan - Kristian Blummenfelt
Training and racing in the heat – top tips for keeping your cool when the heat is on
ROUVY routes and workouts – Best ROUVY routes to get ready for Challenge Roth
Sumarpo vanguard vs Zone 3 Vanquish X triathlon wetsuits
ZONE3 Vanquish X wetsuit vs Sumarpo Vanguard wetsuit – how do these triathlon wetsuits match up?
Rouvy indoor cycling app routes
Virtual training for real life racing – How year-round indoor cycling could benefit your race day performance
latest News
Sam Laidlow IRONMAN World Championship 2023 breaks tape for victory
Was Sam Laidlow’s Vitoria-Gasteiz DQ enough to validate his Kona ticket? The IRONMAN verdict is in
Matt Hauser Hamburg WTCS 2024 Photo credit: Tommy Zaferes / World Triathlon
Olympic Games triathlon: Hauser SMASHES 5km WTCS run best – what will be needed in Paris over 10km?
Olympic Games Triathlon Paris Test Event August 2023
Olympic Games triathlon: French sports minister and Hanquinquant swim in the Seine
Lisa Tertsch Cassandre Beaugrand Beth Potter Hamburg WTCS 2024 Photo credit: Tommy Zaferes / World Triathlon
Olympic Games triathlon: No panic from Potter after Hamburg – ‘the big one’s in two-and-a-half weeks’
Kat Matthews runs down the red carpet to second place (Photo by Nigel Roddis, Getty Images for IRONMAN)
British triathlon star celebrates MAJOR win after record breaking day at IRONMAN Vitoria-Gasteiz
triathlon on your terms
Never miss out with our triathlon alerts & digest. Get a dose of adventure & inspiration with Boundless.
Invalid email address
The SBRX Group

Proudly elevating endurance sports through content, products & services

SBRX
RUN247
WIN A 12-MONTH ROUVY SUBSCRIPTION
WIN ONE YEAR OF RIDING ON ROUVY
Share to...