ATHLETICS: Tremendous Taylor is on top of the triathlon world

WORLD CHAMPION: Spalding girl Charlotte Taylor dominated her class at the World Age Group Triathlon Championships at Hyde Park in London, winning by more than 11 minutes.
WORLD CHAMPION: Spalding girl Charlotte Taylor dominated her class at the World Age Group Triathlon Championships at Hyde Park in London, winning by more than 11 minutes.
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Spalding’s Charlotte Taylor continued her incredible rise to the top as she won a gold medal at the World Age Group Triathlon Championships.

Taylor, a member of Spalding Triathlon Club, won the under-20 category in the Olympic distance race (1,500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run) at Hyde Park in London.

Now a student at Warwick University, world champion Taylor won her category by a whopping 11 minutes.

Her success comes hot on the heels of her National Championship success at Olympic distance in the under-20 age group at the Liverpool Triathlon in July.

That allowed the Nene Valley Harrier to book her place at the Worlds – and she couldn’t have produced a better performance in the nation’s capital.

First up was the swim, which was was held in The Serpentine.

However, due to the cold conditions the opening leg had to be shortened from the initial 1,500m distance.

Taylor didn’t let that affect her though and she emerged from the water in a super second place.

She then moved into the lead on the 40km bike leg, spurred on by support from fellow members of Spalding Tri.

Having built up a sizeable lead on her bike, Taylor was then able to extend her advantage throughout the 10km run and eventually came home in a time of 2.00.28hrs, blowing her opposition away.

But the South Holland athlete won’t be resting on her laurels, as she gets ready for a gruelling schedule of action.

She is certain to enter the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) duathlon event in November, and may also attempt the BUCS Cycling Hill Climb.

That is scheduled for later this month.