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Beijing Olympics 2008

News from Beijing

18 August 2008

Mixed results in women’s triathlon

Two Loughborough linked triathletes went head to head in today’s Olympic final with graduate Jessica Harrison coming out on top with a 12th place finish.

Competing for France, Harrison was 16th out of the swim but advanced to 10th on a strong bike leg. She was overtaken twice on the run, but finished in a credible 2:0:31.74 at her Olympic debut.

Another debutant was 18-year-old Hollie Avil who joins Loughborough next month. Coming out of the pool in 33rd, she led the chasing pack on the bike, but pulled up in trouble on the third lap.

The teenager had been sick since Saturday evening and had not been able to eat on Sunday without being sick. She felt better when she woke up this morning and was cleared to race by the Team GB doctor.

But Avil had to pull out of the race when she was sick every time she took on fluid during the cycling.

She said: “I’m really disappointed because training had been going really well, but I couldn’t do anything to stop getting ill on Saturday night. It was up to me whether I raced or not.

“I woke up this morning feeling ok and kept my breakfast down. The Team GB doctor gave me the ok to race and I started well.

“But when I was on the bike I was sick and every time I took on fluids I was sick again.

“It’s the worst thing when everyone is cheering you on and you can’t keep going. I have always told myself I would never not finish a race and it’s hard to describe how I feel having to pull out.

“But if someone had told me last year that I’d be coming to the Olympic Games I would have said they must be joking,” she added.

“The Team GB spirit has been amazing and it was really inspiring to see us third in the medal table yesterday.

“My aim has always been to compete at London 2012 and I’ve gained so much experience this year. I will take the positives rather than dwell on what didn’t happen today so that I can reach the podium in four years time.

“I’d like to thank the Team GB medical staff for the support I’ve received.”

Loughborough’s men, Will Clarke and Tim Don, repeat the course tomorrow from 10am local time.

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