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Top Kat – Katrina Rye wins ETU Middle Distance European Champs

In only her third Pro race, Great Britain's Katrina Rye secures Gold at the ETU Middle Distance Triathlon European Championships in Târgu Mures

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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
John Levison
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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.
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