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City triathletes claim bronze medals at European event in Weymouth

HolderPLYMOUTH triathletes Andy Norris and Ken Holder came third in their age categories at the ETU European Long Distance Championships in Weymouth.

Norris took bronze in the 40-44 age group with a time of nine hours, 58 minutes and 22 seconds, while Holder (pictured) clocked 10:03.55 to also make the podium in the 45-49 race.

Athletes swam 2.1 miles, cycled 112 miles and then finished with a full marathon.

Norris, 26th overall, completed the swim in 1:11.28, the cycle in 5:33.07 and the marathon run in 3:07.11. Ludovic Prozet won the 40-44 age group in 9:31.19, with Nick Wheldon second in 9:55.34.

Holder, who was 28th overall, was only beaten in his category by fellow British athlete Joe Duckworth, who finished in 9:41.10, and Madeira’s Paulo Margarido, who came home in 9:51.00.

The Plymouth Tri Club member managed 1:07.46 for the swim, 5:17.06 for the cycle ride and then ran 3:33.49 for the marathon run.

Their team-mate Anya Starling finished fourth in the women’s 30-34 category with a time of 11:58.25, while Dean Crow finished seventh in the 30-34 category and Andy Banfield finished 12th in the same age group.

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