Positive end to season for Perse duathlete at ETU European Championships
2 Nov 2018
Lotti Knights (Year 11) rounded off her international duathlon/triathlon season with a strong fourth-place finish at the ETU European Sprint Duathlon Championships in Ibiza.
Representing Great Britain, she crossed the line in 1hr 5min 00sec, just over three minutes behind winner and compatriot Helena Dyce (1:01.57) in the women’s 16-19 category.
Lotti completed the opening 5km run in a time of 19.52. She clocked 32.05 for the 20km bike leg and finished off her race with a 2.5km run of 12.03.
She was satisfied with her display over a challenging course on the Spanish island.
Lotti said: “I was happy with how it went. I felt my run times could have been a bit better because I have gone quite a bit faster before. However, my second run after the bike section was really strong and it’s always good to see that part getting stronger after the training I’ve done for it.
“To begin with it was rainy which made the course quite difficult. The race was on just tarmac so it was really slippery and it was by the sea edge so you sometimes had waves coming over which created an extra obstacle. It did dry up, so it wasn’t quite as precarious on the bike section, but there were some tight turns so you had to be careful.”
Lotti had already enjoyed a successful campaign in her first year of competing at international level, having won bronze in sprint duathlon in her age group at the ITU World Multisport Championships in Denmark in July. She also finished ninth in the sprint distance triathlon at the European Championships in Glasgow in August. Having finished on the podium at the world championships she has automatically qualified to compete for the GB age group at next year’s edition in Pontevedra, Spain.
She said: “I think I’ve had a very good season. I definitely didn’t expect to come out of it with a medal, it was just for experience this year. Next year I really want to work on triathlon so that means sorting out my swim. My dream would be to get another medal.”