Supergirl Ny­man shines on elite stage

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

LARA Ny­man fin­ished 11th in a top-class field at the Corus Elite Triathlon Sprint in Read­ing.

With more than 40 Bri­tish and in­ter­na­tional con­tenders on the start list in­clud­ing the cur­rent Euro­pean ju­nior sil­ver medal­list, the Euro­pean Un­der 23 cham­pion and Olympic qual­i­fiers, the 16-year-old’s aim was to be the first youth over the line and hope­fully, in the process, fin­ish in the first quar­ter of the field.

As one of only three youths par­tic­i­pat­ing in the se­lect field, the event, held in the shadow of Read­ing foot­ball club’s Mad­jeski Sta­dium, also in­cor­po­rated the Se­nior Bri­tish Sprint Triathlon Cham­pi­onships.

A sprint dis­tance novice, Ny­man started the race ranked 33rd and fin­ished in an 11th po­si­tion, achiev­ing her aims in the process with a time of 1:05.

A dis­ap­point­ing swim over 750 kilo­me­tres was fol­lowed by an im­pres­sive show­ing in a fast sprint as she caught up with the lead­ing pelo­ton on the bike to post the third fastest bike time over­all in the 20 kilo­me­tre race. With the fastest tran­si­tion time, Ny­man com­menced her 5km run in good form but her ini­tial burst on the bike to catch the race lead­ers had taken its toll. Chased down by the lead­ers, she fin­ished just out­side of the money which was dis­trib­uted to the top 10 fin­ish­ers.

Pleased to have achieved her ini­tial aims, Ny­man felt dis­ap­pointed to have missed out on the prizes. “I never dreamed I would fin­ish any­where near the top 10 so to come 11th in a field with world-class com­peti­tors was great. How­ever, it would have been nice to have won a cash prize; it is rather like find­ing out that you have fin­ished in fourth po­si­tion and lost out on the medals.” She is aiming for a podium spot in her next na­tional race at Blen­heim in June.

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