Top Kat – Katrina Rye wins ETU Middle Distance European Champs

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European Elite Gold for Katrina Rye in her first Pro season

2019 has been rather impressive for Great Britain’s Katrina Rye.

A non-wetsuit swim in Transilvania, Rye was less than 1:20 down on swim leader Sonja Skevin (CRO) starting the bike. She then powered to the fastest ride of the day (2:11:04), to start the run with an advantage of more than three minutes over Ewa Bugdol (POL). Add the fastest run to that, and you finish up with a wining margin of more than six minutes.

The biggest championship out there? No.
The strongest field? No.
The most high profile race? No.

But – as I’ve personally advised many up-and-coming athletes in recent years – the wider public understands few things more clearly than ‘winning’.

On that basis – and taking that bullet point list above into account – you’d have to say that Katrina Rye has really not put a foot wrong in her rapid progress through 2019 to date. Congratulations. Next stop, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in Nice, France.

Târgu Mures ETU Middle Distance Triathlon European Championships – Sunday 7th July 2019
1.9km / 82km / 20km

ELITE WOMEN

1st – Katrina Rye (GBR) – 4:07:35
2nd – Ewa Buggol (POL) – 4:13:56
3rd – Lilya Baranovska (UKR)

DNS – Alice Hector (GBR) – unable to start due to illness

ELITE MEN

1st – Andrey Bryukhankov (RUS) – 3:38:21
2nd – Filipe Azevedo (POR) – 3:43:31
3rd – Domen Dornik (SLO) – 3:46:05

Check out all the reports and news from Târgu Mures on these links:

GB Age-Group Cross Triathlon European Champs medals
GB Age-Group Sprint Duathlon European Champs medals
GB Age-Group Cross Duathlon European Champs medals
GB Age-Group Standard Duathlon European Champs medals
GB Age-Group Aquathlon European Champs medals
Katrina Rye wins ETU Elite Middle Distance Triathlon Champs
GB Age-Group Middle Distance Triathlon European Champs medals
GB Age-Group Aquabike European Champs medals