Cardiff Met triathlete Sam Wade beat off over 50 other elite athletes to take bronze at London Triathlon, the penultimate event of the 2014 British Triathlon Elite Super Series.
He was cheered on by 30,000 spectators in the race, which was over an Olympic distance and he took to the podium for the first time at a Senior level with gold medallist Mark Buckingham, who completed the course in 1:42:11, followed by David Bishop just 36 seconds later.
Sam clocked a 1:44.54 time. Current Cardiff Met first year Kieran John came in 25th out of 60 male competitors.
This is Kieran's first year as a senior and he has shown a lot of progress in races which are double the distance of junior events. Sam was joined in the top 10 by squad member and a Cardiff University student Alex Thorley (7th position).
Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff University and Welsh Triathlon have a joint venture with the Cardiff Triathlon Performance Centre and these results demonstrate the strength of the squad.
Fellow Cardiff Met student Zoe Thomas, a second year student, placed seventh in the women's event and was joined in the top 15 by Cardiff Met alumna Fenella Langridge.
In the celebrity relay event the previous day, British cyclist Rob Hayles led his team to victory against rival efforts led by Olympian swimmer Mark Foster and TV presenter Jenni Falconer. Other famous faces racing on Saturday included pop star Michelle Heaton and rugby player Josh Lewsey.
Sam's success comes hot on the heels of his success at Brazil's World University Triathlon Championships in May, where he was selected for the GB team and secured 13th place under the guidance of Cardiff Met Sports Coaching Lecturer, Dr Andy Lane, who was Team Manager of the British team..
Sam's coach, Cardiff Met's Dr Andy Lane said:
"Sam is having a great second half of the summer, he has trained maturely and smartly and this result demonstrates his ability to be at the front end of races.
Sunday's events were exciting and there were lots of achievements by everyone.
It's great to see the whole team doing so well."