Sarah’s on top of the world after Cyprus victory

Sarah Hodgson crossing the finishing line in Cyprus to be crowned under 19 world champion.
Sarah Hodgson crossing the finishing line in Cyprus to be crowned under 19 world champion.
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Lancaster’s triathlon club have their first world champion.

Sarah Hodgson crossed the line first at the World Biathle Championships in Cyprus and was also part of the gold-meal winning Great Britain team.

The 18-year-old City of Lancaster Triathlon (COLT) athlete was triumphant in the under 19 category for the event that includes a 1,500m run followed by a 200m swim with the medals decided with another 1,500m run for the line.

The city athlete built up a lead alongside GB fell runner Caroline Lambert over the first 1,500m before extending her lead further with an impressive leg in the sea.

She exited the water in the lead by some distance and on crossing the finish line not only lifted the under 19 world crown but was also ahead of the junior athletes in the older 19 to 21 section.

*COLT also enjoyed success in the North West region biathlon championships at Salt Ayre with nine-year old Rhys Ashton recording the fastest 800m time for his age group in the country.

A solid 50m swim saw Rhys pick up the gold medal and help his team, which included Issac Atkinson and Thomas Dowthwaite, to second place.

The girls under 13 team of Annis Atkinson, Emma Whitaker and Ruby Frankland won gold.

Alice Sands, 9, won bronze in her first event.