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Shaw eyes World Ironman 70.3 qualification after winning Taunton Triathlon

Robert Shaw receives his prize for winning the Taunton Triathlon (picture courtesy of curiousbygeorgephotography)

Robert Shaw finishes the Taunton Triathlon (picture courtesy of curiousbygeorgephotography)

PLYMOUTH’S Robert Shaw has his eyes on qualifying for the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championships after winning the Taunton Triathlon at the weekend.

The city primary school teacher’s success in Somerset followed on from triumphing at the Wincanton Triathlon at the end of April and winning the last two Ermington Time Trial Series cycling events.

Shaw won by more than two minutes at Taunton. The former British junior breaststroke champion finished in a time of 58 minutes and 58 seconds.

Second place went to Ashley Jackson in 1:01.01, while Neil Ferguson was sixth in 1:04.15.

Shaw clocked 5:29 minutes for the swim, 30:41 for the cycle and 21:34 for the run.

After his success at Taunton and Wincanton, Shaw now has his eyes on impressing at the Staffordshire Ironman 70.3 on June 10.

That event has 50 places up for grabs for the World Ironman 70.3 Championships at Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa at the start of September. However, it is likely there will be only two slots available in Shaw’s age category – 25-29 year-old – and more than 100 athletes in that class competing for one.

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