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Avil wins World U23 triathlon title

Hollie AvilLoughborough University student Hollie Avil is the new World U23 Triathlon Champion after helping secure a British one-two at the ITU Triathlon U23 World Championships on Australia’s Gold Coast earlier this morning (Friday 11 September).

Avil’s win came in 1:56:38 – ahead of her compatriot Jodie Stimpson with Loughborough-based Vicky Holland, the third British contender, taking fourth place in 1:57.30 – missing a podium spot by just 15 seconds.

Avil, Stimpson and Holland were in the leading pack at the end of the 1500m swim and maintained their position in that front group throughout a tough 40km ride.

The three British triathletes, joined by Canada’s Paula Findlay, kept up a relentless pace as the run began and with 2.5km to go Avil and Stimpson made a break at the front.

On the final lap, Loughborough sports scholar Avil squeezed on the pace to get ahead and take gold and Stimpson held off Findlay who took bronze ahead of Holland.

“When you win a race like that, working hard and really pushing the bike for the whole 40km and then getting off and nailing 10km of running, it feels great,” said Avil, who was world junior champion in 2007.

“With three of us in the top four it just proves how much talent there is coming through and how well our world class programme is working, you can’t really ask for much more.

“With one junior world title, and now an under 23 world title, I guess the senior one comes next, but that might take a few years”.

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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 was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 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 institution.

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.

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