Created On: 04 September 2012

Tom Bishop spearheaded a successful weekend for the GE Great Britain Team at the Aguilas ETU Triathlon U23 and Youth European Championships in Spain this weekend. Tom won the first of three bronze medals, that included two in the relay events.

Bishop lined up for the U23 championship alongside twin brother, David Bishop, and a strong international field including Olympian Richard Varga, Spanish stars, Mario Mola and Fernando Alarza, and strong Russians Andrey Bryukhankov and Denis Vasiliev.  

The course saw the athletes take on a 1,700m sea swim, slightly longer than usual, followed by a 41.5km cycle ride and 10km run. As expected, Richard Varga and the Russians were the strongest in the swim, with Tom Bishop just behind.

Bishop managed to ride ahead of the main group, which contained his brother, who sportingly didn't help chase the leaders. The run ended in a tight finish between Pierre Le Corre of France and Varga. Le Corre won by two seconds and Bishop fought hard for bronze.

He said: "That race was tough, but I enjoyed it all the same. It was an honest swim, bike, run. I wish the bike could have lasted another two laps, I was loving it!

"After three kilometres of the run though it was a different story; more a matter of survival for me, I had blown, maybe because I'm lacking in race fitness. Still, I'm really happy with third and the guys who won are very deserving."

In the women's U23 event, Non Stanford and Lois Rosindale finished fifth and sixth respectively. They then teamed up with the Bishop brothers in the U23 Triathlon Mixed Relay to win bronze behind Italy and Russia. The top three teams finished within 20 seconds of each other.

In the youth team relays Britain's women's team of Sophie Coldwell, Kate Currenand Megan McDonald won an excellent bronze behind Portugal and France. The men's youth team relay saw Miles Burton, Greg Chambers and Anthony Haynes finish sixth.

U23 Men's Result

1. Pierre Le Corre FRA 1:48:37

2. Richard Varga SVK 1:48:39

3. Thomas Bishop GBR 1:49:47

25. David Bishop GBR 1:55:59

U23 Women's Result

1 .Alexandra Cassan Ferrier FRA 2:07:04

2. Alexandra Razarenova RUS 2:07:23

3. Elena Danilova RUS 2:07:49

5. Non Stanford GBR 2:08:10

6.. Lois Rosindale GBR 2:08:19 

U23 Triathlon Mixed Relay Results

1. ITALY 1:49:35

2. RUSSIA 1:49:48

3. GE GREAT BRITAIN TEAM 1:49:54

Youth Team Relay Women's Result

1. PORTUGAL 1:28:51      

2. FRANCE 1:28:58            

3. GE GREAT BRITAIN TEAM 1:29:23

Youth Team Relay Men's Result

1. FRANCE 1:20:13

2. HUNGARY 1:20:36

3. NORWAY 1:21:08

6. GE GREAT BRITAIN TEAM 1:21:56

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