Neil Collins produced a 10k personal best to finish the Worthing Triathlon in style.
The Great Britain international, from Southsea, finished second in the 40-44 age group in the standard-distance race with a time of 2hr 10min 11sec.
I will now have to decide whether to race the sprint or the standard distance, or possibly both.Neil Collins
He has now secured qualification for the Lisbon 2016 European Championships for standard and sprint distances.
It means he will have a choice of races to go for in Portugal.
Collins said: ‘I will now have to decide whether to race the sprint or standard distance, or possibly both (they have to be 48-hours apart for that).
‘Worthing Triathlon is in its 11th year and has become a popular fixture for locals as well as athletes from further afield.
‘Overall, I was pretty satisfied with my performance.’
Conditions were tough, with bad weather.
But Collins, who was third GB athlete in his age group at the recent Geneva European Championships, battled on to place eighth overall.
The Tri Club Port Solent ace crowned his excellent race with a superb 35min 48sec personal best 10k time after the 1.5k swim and the 40k bike ride.
He added: ‘The 1.5k sea swim was quite choppy.
‘Into transition, I lost a bit of time looking for my bike, they all looked the same, but then put in a solid ride with good pacing from GB team-mates Lindsay Pearson and Tony Rendall.
‘I managed to breeze transition two without any complications, then blasted through the 10k run feeling really strong throughout and crossing the finish line just as the weather started to get really ugly!’
Petersfield Tri Club’s Peter Younghusband won the male 50-54 category and his 2.10.01 time put him seventh overall.