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Plymouth Tri Club’s Noble wins European Duathlon silver medal in Germany


PLYMOUTH Tri Club’s Nicola Noble won a silver medal at the ETU European Duathlon Championships (Sprint Distance) in Germany.

Noble took second in the women’s 25-29 age group in Kalkar.

IMG_3443Germany’s Tatjana Kortmann won the race in 1:08.25, with Noble 20 seconds behind.

The Plymouth athlete clocked 21.18 minutes for the opening run, 34.04 for the cycle and 11.32 minutes for the second run. Her transitions were also good.

Her Great Britain team-mate Lydia Newton was third in 1:10.49.

She tweeted out later: “It was a hard race, so happy with the result.”

Noble’s Plymouth Tri team-mate Fin Saunders nearly made it two medals for the city club.

Saunders just missed out on a podium finish by coming fourth in the men’s 35-39 age group in Kalker.

In a strong field, he clocked 58.10 minutes. Spain’s Victor Sanchez Garcia won in 57.24, with Britain’s Jon Hoggett second in 57.30 and Matt Turnbull third in 57.46.

Saunders said: “Strong field and hard race. So close to top three, but a great result.”

Great Britain won 44 medals in total in Germany. Many of the athletes who competed will now move on to the Targu Mures ETU Cross Duathlon European Championships in Romania.

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