Maria captures age group world championship title
PUBLISHED: 09:01 11 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:01 11 October 2017
Clevedon athlete Maria Powell returned from Canada as a world champion in her age group at the ITU Multisport Championships.
Clevedon’s Maria Powell has made a remarkable return to triathlon and multi-sports events after being sidelined for two years with a foot injury.
There was domestic success in the Eton Dorney Sprint Triathlon, Bristol Sprint Triathlon and Owler Aquabike.
Maria said: “These races were good training for the international races I was also entered for. Being first female finisher at Bristol and the Owler were good indicators of my increasing fitness and form.”
Indeed the season went from strength to strength with Maria competing for the Great Britain age group team, taking silver in her age group at the European Sprint Triathlon Championships in Dusseldorf and another age group silver at the World Sprint Triathlon Championships in Rotterdam.
Between these two events, Maria competed in the ITU World Multisport Championships in Penticton, Canada. Here Maria was representing her country in the aquathlon (swim 1km, run 5km) where she had a strong open water swim in choppy conditions and was able to find a bit of running speed, bringing home an unexpected silver medal.
Two days later Maria was in action again in the aquabike (swim 3k, bike 120k), here another good swim and a strong bike leg saw Maria take gold in her age group and finish first female overall.
“The aquabike was almost the perfect race for me, to become a world champion and to come in at the front of a large and strong field was a dream result. Nobody really knew how this season would go, I had surgery on my foot in November and worked hard to rehab it properly.
“Thankfully, I was able to bike and swim soon after the operation so I knew I was strong in those areas. Running was always going to be my weakest event, but as it turned out, it wasn’t too far behind.”