Teenage triathlete makes national debut
17 year old Yate triathlete Ben Rawlins, a run and swim specialist, has made an impressive debut for the GB team.
Competing in the aquathlon event at the International Triathlon Union World Championships held in Fyn, Denmark, Rawlins came 4th in the 16-19 age group.
With a 1,000-metre sea swim followed by 5k road run, Ben overcame the hectic mass start, currents and stinging jellyfish to have a good swim and held his position through transition before heading out on to the hot but flat run course.
With Dolan (USA) and Clough (New Zealand) establishing a good lead Rawlins found himself in a battle for bronze with fellow GB athlete Rhys Davies. Despite a sprint finish Rawlins just missed out on 3rd place but was pleased with the first race for GB and delighted that the result gives him qualification for next year’s World Championships in Spain.
Coach Mike Mewse who has coached Rawlins since he was 12 said, ‘Ben has a great work ethic, he's disciplined, hard working and dedicated. I am delighted he has been so successful in his first outing for the GB team.’
Ben is a student at SGS College, Filton, and was formerly a student at Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School in Wotton Under Edge. He trains with Westbury Harriers running club and Southwold Swimming Club.