Another year, another European gold for a Chalmers sister

Sisters Amy (left) and Diana Chalmers who took gold and bronze respectively at the European Duathlon

Sisters Amy (left) and Diana Chalmers who took gold and bronze respectively at the European Duathlon Championships. - Credit: Archant

Amy Chalmers has become the second member of the same Houghton family to capture European Sprint Duathlon Championship gold

Sixteen-year-old Amy made a stunning debut for Great Britain by powering to victory in the female 16-19yrs race in Madrid on Sunday.

She emulated the feat of elder sibling and fellow St Ivo School pupil Diana (17) who had won the title last year in Holland. Diana delivered another medal-winning display to take bronze this time around.

Amy said: “I think the conditions were in my favour, but I’m expecting Diana to give me a hard race again next year.”

Diana held the lead after the first 5km run, but dropped to third during a tricky 20km cycle in wet and windy conditions.


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But it was during that discipline Amy came to the fore to build up a lead of more than four minutes and comfortably clinched victory in the final 2.5km run.

Diana was magnanimous in defeat as she stated: “I was happy with my performance overall even though I lost the title, but I’m very happy my sister won it.”

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The super siblings from Houghton are already looking forward to renewing their rivalry next year when the European event will be held in Kalkar, Germany.

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