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Triathlon: Brilliant Bloom shines at World Championships in Australia

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 September 2018

Claire Bloom and GB teammates in Australia

Claire Bloom and GB teammates in Australia

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Local triathlete Claire Bloom produced one of the best performances of her career to finish 11th at the World Triathlon Age-Group Championships in Austraila.

Claire Bloom in action in AustraliaClaire Bloom in action in Australia

The Roding Valley Tri club member came out of the water in eighth place after an 11min 35sec swim and sat with a pack on the bike leg.

And after battling against tough windy conditions, which saw her drop a little, Bloom got into her running stride on the final leg as a fellow Brit gave chase.

A determined effort in the final 200 metres brought Bloom home just outside the top 10 and she said: “The most amazing race! I’m officially 11th in the world for my age group.

“I had the swim of my life, managed to get on a pack for the bike of about six and had to work very hard to stay with the pace.

“I hit the run and wondered if I’d make it but once I got into my running I was fine. I gave it my absolute all and I’m so proud of my performance.”

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