Triathlete Claire books her World Championships spot
PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 June 2013
Buckhurst Hill triathlete is through to the World Championships
Local tri-athlete Claire Bloom guaranteed herself a place at the World Championships after a superb performance at the Annual National Sprint Triathlon in Nottingham on Saturday.
Bloom set a personal best in every section of the race to finish sixth in the 50-54 age category on a windy, sunny day.
Despite a flat course, the race proved fast and tough for Buckhurst Hill’s Bloom, as a brutal swim leg saw her get kicked in the face and lose a goggle.
After a quick transition and fast bike ride, despite the blustery conditions, Bloom was left needing a big finish in the run to ensure a place in the top seven to secure a place at the world event, to be held in London in September.
Bloom finished with an overall time of 1:10.46, after a 12.52 swim, 33.38 bike ride and 21.57 run, and was delighted with her efforts.
She said: “Despite doing a personal best in every discipline and coming in at a time I could only dream of, I was amazed that five women were still faster.
“The quality of the field was first class, clearly everyone wants to come and do London 2013.
“I doubt there will be many races where the standard will be so high, so overall it was a fantastic day.
“It was a great warm-up race and probably the hardest one I’ve ever participated in.”
Next up for Bloom is the European Championships in Turkey next weekend (June 15), when she will be sponsored by David Lloyd and Gravity UK.
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