“Can’t believe little old me got my first championship medal from a run race!” she said after the event.
Coldwell also helped the mixed British team, of Zoe Thomas, Christopher Perham and Morgan Davies to a silver. In a close battle throughout, Italy took top spot on the podium in the final stages with the British team having to serve a 10 second penalty, Davies bringing the team home for the Silver with Spain completing the podium for the Bronze medals.
Spain’sDavid Castro Fajardo took the Gold in the Men’s race, with Grant Sheldon(fifth), the leading British athlete. As with the Women’s event, despite various attacks and breaks on the bike it was all down to the final 5km run as a huge group reached the second transition separated by very few seconds.
Burgas ETU Triathlon U23 European Championships – 750m / 20km / 5km (race amended to Sprint distance)
1st – Angelica Olmo (ITA) – 1:05:35
2nd – Sophie Coldwell (GBR) – 1:05:36
3rd – Ekaterina Matiuk (RUS) – 1:05:37
20th – Zoe Thomas (GBR) – 1:07:10
DNS – Chloe Cook (GBR)
1st – David Castro Fajardo (ESP) – 59:51
2nd – Dario Chitti (ITA) – 59:54
3rd – Shacher Sagiv (ISR) – 59:57
5th – Grant Sheldon (GBR) – 1:00:10
11th – Christopher Perham (GBR) – 1:00:25
24th – Morgan Davies (GBR) – 1:01:04
32nd – Calum Johnson (GBR) – 1:01:30