Cardiff Metropolitan University student and lecturer celebrate success after the recent World University Triathlon Championship held in Brasilia.
Sam Wade, a Cardiff Met undergraduate student was one of the 31 university athletes competing in the triathlon championships. With only 24 of the athletes who started completing the race, Sam battled the searing heat and brutal humidity to come in 13th place overall.
Cardiff Met's Sports Coaching Lecturer, Dr Andy Lane, supported all of the athletes at the championships as GBR Team Manager. Accompanying Sam were his GBR team mates Luke Watson and Calum Johnson who finished 10th and 18th respectively. The women's GBR athletes also shone with Heather Sellars, Lucy Smith and Jenny Manners who finished 2nd, 8th and 18th respectively.
The GBR men's team came an overall 4th in the team events and the women's team came in 2nd overall.
Dr Andy Lane comments on the success of the Championships, ''Brazil has provided an experience for each of the athletes. I am certain that on reflection they will all take quite a few positives from it and will have identified areas they will work on this year and over the coming seasons. As a squad they performed well, they coped with travel demands, prepared efficiently and on the day performed to the best of their ability. The environment was very challenging with 30+oC temperatures in a very humid climate. They had to contest the event over a rolling course with one big ascent each time and then had to overcome tight turns and a continual drag on one half of the run course. It was relentless and will be one of the toughest courses they face.
In terms of their performance and the results Heather had a really solid race she really shined and showed true class. All three of the women swam well and put themselves in the right place coming out of the water. Heather and Lucy were then able to convert that into an excellent bike leg, working hard on the front and doing the Lion's share of the work in their group. Both of them ran well with Heather winning the silver medal overall. She beat some very good competition comprising Olympians and World Triathlon Series level athletes. Lucy finished in the top 10 and Jenny raced strongly to help the team win the Silver medal.
The men's race took part in the hottest part of the day and it showed with a lot of athletes not finishing the race, including some of the pre-race favourites. All three of the GBR men put in 100% effort and were rewarded with some good aspects of their performances. Callum and Luke swam well to head out onto the bike in the top half of the field but unfortunately just missed the lead group.
Sam raced strongly but unfortunately with the diminishing field had to ride and run on his own not too far behind the other GBR athletes. So he never quite had people around him to work with and push the pace. Luke finished strongly and had a mini race with some US athletes to secure a top 10 finish and Sam's and Callum's results meant we finished in 4th place in the team event. The victory of Kevin McDowell from the USA was impressive and I am certain he will stand on the podium at some World Class events in the near future."