Lauren Steadman blazes to Geneva ETU European Championship title

Lauren Steadman. Picture: David Pearce/British Triathlon

Lauren Steadman. Picture: David Pearce/British Triathlon

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A scorching performance from Lauren Steadman saw her crowned European Paratriathlon Champion.

The 22-year-old Portsmouth University student was in top form to leave her rivals trailing at the Geneva-hosted event, in Switzerland.

Her victory in the ETU (European Triathlon Union) women’s paratriathlon PT4 category means she is now the reigning British, European and world champion.

It was a Great Britain one, two, three on the podium in Geneva – with rivals from France, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine and Denmark all swept aside.

Steadman completed the 750m swim, 20.4k bike leg, and 5k run in a time of 1hr 06min 40sec.

Faye McClelland crossed the line second (1.09.58) and Clare Cunningham was third (1.11.09).

The lake was beautiful. It was quite hard going out and that suits me, being a strong swimmer

Lauren Steadman

With the race at 4pm on Friday afternoon the GB competitors had to adjust to 36 degree heat.

Steadman said: ‘It was hot! The race was really good and I was pleased with the time.

‘I had a good swim and then I felt the heat on the bike.

‘The difference from racing in England was massive.

‘I tried to take on enough fluid on the bike so that when it came to the run it wasn’t too bad.

‘The Team GB coaches were letting me know the time differences so I was quite relaxed but you never know what will happen.

‘You have to stay alert and focused.’

Steadman had the fastest time of all the competitors in all the disciplines.

She completed the Lake Geneva swim in 10.33, then after transition she finished the bike leg in 33.17, before finishing the two-lap 5k run in 20.57.

It’s a good friendly rivalry between the GB trio, who are spurring each other on.

‘I know when I am competing well with the GB girls that I am among the best in the world and that is nice,’ added Steadman.

‘To race those girls is great. We are enemies when we are racing together but we are good friends off the course.

‘The lake was beautiful. It was quite hard going out and that suits me, being a stronger swimmer.

‘On the bike I had a top speed of 37 miles an hour. We didn’t have any big downhills to really build up speed but I was able to push the power on pedals.

‘There was a little bit of a climb on the run but it was a nice course.

‘The crowds were great and my parents were there watching so that was really nice.’

Steadman is trained by Portsmouth triathlon coach Trevor Payne and also links up with former world number one triathlete Sam Warriner, from New Zealand.

She receives great support from the university, gets her swimming coaching from Portsmouth Northsea’s Paul Hogg, and does her strength and conditioning work with City of Portsmouth’s Bronwin Carter.

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