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Hampshire athletes head to Triathlon World Champinships
10:30am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in General Sport
A host of Hampshire athletes are heading to Hyde Park this week to compete in the World Triathlon Championships.
The premier event of the year will see thousands of athletes descend on London in a bid for glory, as part of the World Triathlon Grand Final.
Among them will be a number of hopefuls from Hampshire, who are competing in the age-group disciplines.
Southampton’s Anthony Gritton, below, is due to be in action in the men’s 25-29 standard distance triathlon, on Sunday, along with the city's Peter Wooldridge.
That will see them take on a 1,500m swim in the Serpentine, before embarking on a 40km bike ride and a 10km run.
Gritton, who qualified after being the second-placed Brit at last yar's world championships in New Zealand, said: "It's going to be an amazing experience racing on home soil.
"I'll have plenty of friends and family up there to support me, and the thought of this has definitely spurred me on in training."
In the men’s 50-54 age group, Southampton Triathlon Club’s Michael Barnfield is racing in the sprint-distance event.
Joining him will be Kevin King, of Totton Running Club and Sotonia Cycling Club.
The duo will face a 750m swim, followed by a 20km bike ride and a 5km run.
Brian Grierson, of Rownhams, has also qualified for the championship.
Grierson had a choice of competing in either the standard or sprint distance, having earned a spot in both.
The Lordshill Road Runners and Sotonia Cycling Club member has opted for the sprint.
All of the sprint events will take place this Friday.
The Grand Final will also see the world's best athletes, including Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee, compete for the elite world championship title, on Sunday.
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