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Kate wins silver at World Championships

Kate wins silver at World Championships

Just four weeks ago Kate Waugh was in the Main Hall nervously opening an envelope that would contain her A level results. She achieved great results having had the agonising dilemma of sitting an exam or competing for her country at the European Triathlon Championships, an event that saw her become European Junior Champion. 

This weekend was another chapter in Kate's already amazing year as she competed at the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Rotterdam, finishing second in a very strong field.

The race that was full of excitement from start to finish. Kate exited the water in the main group before getting into the saddle for the 20km bike course in a small group just off the leading two of Knibb (USA) and Sega (JPN). Kate worked well with her fellow countrywoman, Olivia Mathias, and the pair managed to stay in the group as it reeled in Sega. 

Kate's transition to the run was excellent and she immediately got into her smooth running style in second place and 24 seconds behind Knibb. By the halfway point in the 5km run, Kate had already shaved 10 seconds off of Knibb's lead - would Knibb be able to maintain her pace and lead?

For Kate, she began to tire, but she was well ahead of anyone else, which saw her run in 16 seconds behind Knibb to take silver, achieving the fastest run split in the 69-strong field.

Kate appears to be enjoying her racing and not putting too much pressure on herself. She said,

"I didn't have much expectation going into this race, so a silver medal is unbelievable."

Kate still has another year at junior level and she'll be hoping to retain her European title as well as trying to go one better at next year's World Championships.

Keep up-to-date with Kate's progress over the year by checking out the British Triathlon website