PETER CAMPBELL hailed his Sports Awards success as recognition of the growing popularity of triathlon.
Campbell delivered a dramatic victory in the inaugural Wiggle Triathlon in Portsmouth last September.
And the 29-year-old’s win – by the smallest of margins from a field of 750 – saw him named runner-up in the best one-off performance category at the The News Sports Awards.
Campbell admitted the success was right at the top of his achievements.
He said: ‘I’ve never received recognition like this before. It’s right up there and it’s really nice.
‘Triathlon is an emerging sport, so it’s great to receive recognition and be nominated.
‘I’m really surprised and it shows the growing support for triathlon. It was a strong field and there was some strong opposition.
‘There was a two-time world champion in the race and I won it by 0.06sec.
‘It’s the small margins which count!
‘Now, they are trying to get the event back on to the world circuit.
‘There were 750 people last year and they are looking to grow it this year.
‘It was a good win from a big field.’
Campbell is now eyeing world-stage competition.
He said: ‘I’m hoping to qualify for the World Championships in Hawaii.
‘First I have to qualify for that in Wales.
‘Hopefully there are bigger and better things to come.’
Winner in the best one-off performance category was athlete Dan Bailey, who became a world champion in the ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships.