The British female athlete’s consistent run of medals continued at the ETU Triathlon European Under-23 Championships in Burgas, Bulgaria with Sophie Coldwell winning a silver medal in the individual race over the sprint distance
Originally meant to be held over the Olympic distance,Coldwell, as a strong swimmer, would have hoped the swim would have provided more opportunity of a breakaway in perhaps her strongest discipline. Despite leading out of the revised 750m non-wetsuit swim, however the flat nature of the course saw athletes regroup and a large pack all descend upon T2 in close proximity with the medals to be decided on the 5km run course. Zoe Thomaswas also in that lead group at the start of the run.
A very close finish saw the first four athlete cross the line within six seconds, Coldwell surprising herself on the run to take the silver medal just one second in arrears to Italy’s Angelica Olmo.