Failand’s Powell proud of fantastic season

PUBLISHED: 16:30 26 September 2019

Approaching the finishing line at the World Sprint Triathlon Championships, Lausanne

Approaching the finishing line at the World Sprint Triathlon Championships, Lausanne

Failand resident Maria Powell has enjoyed another golden year on the triathlon and multisport circuit.

The bike leg at the World Sprint Triathlon Championships, LausanneThe bike leg at the World Sprint Triathlon Championships, Lausanne

Powell claimed two world titles, a European title and a world bronze for the GB Age Gruop team in traithlon, aquabike and aquathlon.

And she was first female in the Olympic Plus event at the London Triathlon, won age group silver at the British Sprint Championships and was fifth at the Challenge Almere-Amsterdam.

Powell said: "I am delighted to have had great results at different distances and disciplines within the triathlon and multisport field.

"I race in the 50-54 age group, so to be finishing high in the overall field is especially pleasing.

"My highlight was the World Age Group Sprint Triathlon Championships in Lausanne where I managed to come in ahead of the Olympic gold medalist in triathlon at the Sydney Olympics and not too far behind the silver medalist from the same event.

"My best competition was the World Multisport Championships in Spain, where I came home with gold in the long distance aquabike (a 3k swim followed by a 120k cycle) and also the aqualthon (a 750m swim followed by a 5k run).

"The hardest race was the middle distance triathlon at the European Age Group Championships in Romania.

"It was 32 degrees and a very hilly bike course. The event is a 1.9k swim, then 90k on the bike and then a half marathon to finish. It was a very strong test and I was delighted to have taken the win.

"I have had a very consistent training year and this has undoubtedly been the foundation for my success. I'm also very lucky to have access to wonderful training venues and facilities - the Marine Lake, the Gordano Round, Strode Leisure Centre and David Lloyd Long Ashton to name a few."

Powell is coached by Andy Bullock and Jackie King and enjoys support from Walnut Grove Clinic and Bike Science.

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