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4 July 2008 PR 08/101

Loughborough trio win World University silver for triathlon

A Loughborough trio secured silver for Britain at the World University Triathlon Championship in Turkey last weekend (28 June).

Students Rosie Clarke, Carol Bridge and Loughborough-based Jess Towl, who joins the University in September, gained top finishes at the international meet to take the team to the podium.

Loughborough’s Dann Brooke, who has previously competed at world and European U23 level, and Fresher Mark Threlfall were two thirds of a men’s team that finished fourth overall – missing out on a medal position by just nine seconds.

In the women’s event, Towl and Bridge were in the first group out the water. Bridge took the lead, completing a lap of the 40km course on her own, before she was later caught by Clarke, who joined her in the leading pack. Clarke edged ahead to cross the line in fifth position in front of Bridge in ninth and Towl in 18th.

Threlfall led the men on the swim with team mate Brooke just behind. Both were within the front pack on the bike, and Brooke maintained the advantage to sit in fourth for the majority, but just missed out on the final sprint for the line. Threlfall fell back on the run to finish 23rd, the 90% humidity and temperatures in the mid-30s getting to the 20-year-old.

Loughborough and British Universities coach Gavin Smith was impressed with the team’s performance.

“The students conducted themselves very professionally and enjoyed their time out there,” he said. “It’s a fantastic achievement for the girls to win team silver.

“The heat acclimatisation training at Loughborough University certainly aided their performance and helped the athletes adapt to the heat.”

For full results and more information log onto http://www.wuctriathlon2008.org/

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  1. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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