PARATRIATHLON: Lauren Steadman pipped to another world crown in Rotterdam

Lauren Steadman on the podium in Rotterdam. Picture: DAVE PEARCE

Lauren Steadman on the podium in Rotterdam. Picture: DAVE PEARCE - Credit: Archant

Lauren Steadman missed out on a third paratriathlon world title by just four seconds last Friday.

The Sawtry star was pipped by American rival Grace Norman in the PTS5 category at the ITU World Championships in Holland.

Steadman completed the 750m swim, 19.4km cycle and 5km run in a total time of 1:09.53 on a day when wet and slippery conditions in Rotterdam provided a stern test.

“It’s a bit annoying to be beaten by four seconds,” admitted Steadman, who won the world crown in 2014 and 2015.

“But after seven months off, doling my dissertation and everything that’s happened, I couldn’t have thought of a better way to finish the season.”

Steadman was four seconds slower out of the water than Norman, but completed the cycle five seconds quicker. However, the American took charge on the run when 29 seconds ahead of Steadman.

Gwladys Lemoussu, of France, took the bronze medal when finishing more than two minutes behind Steadman.

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Two members of Huntingdon BRJ were also on Great Britain duty in Rotterdam.

Cecilia Hime was 11th in the F16-19 spring category with a total time of 1:15.00, while Berenice Curtis completed the F45-49 sprint race in 1:25.33 for 38th place.

Clubmate Gilles Corby competed for France in the M50-54 age group over the standard distance, finishing in 2:21.08 for 57th place.