Lydney duo claim gold in European Triathlon Championships

By Liam Ryder in Athletics

ANDY Lewis was once again crowned European champion in the para-triathlon after a tough test in Austria.

But this time, he was followed on the podium by another Forester claiming gold.

Lewis, who hails from Lydney, congratulated British teammate Victoria Baker on her gold medal in the Female 30-34 category in the triathlon European Championships on Saturday.

33-year-old Baker topped her category with a time of 2.20.08, defeating Germany’s Janina Lorenz into second place.

Baker finished 37 seconds ahead of Lorenz and three-and-a-half minutes ahead of third-placed Carmen Macheriotou of Cyprus.

Four more Brits were in the top 10, but Forest of Dean Athletics Club member Baker stood ahead of them all in Kitzbuhel.

Baker took the top prize after coming second in the 2016 championships in Lisbon in a time of 2.11.46.

34-year-old Lewis declared himself delighted with another gold medal as he narrowly defeated Frenchman Stephane Bahier in the Men’s PT2 category.

Lewis finished in 1.10.56, almost two minutes ahead of Bahier and exactly four minutes ahead of third-placed German Stefan Loesler.

“[I’m] really happy with that race despite those horrible conditions,” Lewis said after the race in a downpour.

“Massive thanks to the British Triathlon Team here, they play such a massive part of our success especially my coach Steve Casson and psychologist Lara Barrett for helping me every time I get nervous.

“Thanks to everyone else for your support bringing another medal back to the Forest Of Dean.

“I also have massive respect to Stéphane Bahier who is an absolute gentleman and amazing athlete

“He chased every step of the way and pushed me to breaking point on the bike.

“Well done to all my competition for racing in that rain.”

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