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4 Things we should have noticed but were too busy watching the US Open and Norseman

A half-distance race in one of the world's largest cities and more race coverage from the weekend

Photo by: Challenge Family

It was easy to get enthralled with a couple of the big triathlon events that were happening this weekend – the Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) US Open and the famed Norseman Xtreme Triathlon. There were a few other events happening, though, that we want to highlight in case you, like us, got a bit over-focused on the action in Milwaukee and Norway!

Sam Laidlow and Fenella Langridge (pictured above) take Challenge London wins

Sam Laidlow. Photo: Challenge-Family

Formerly the London Triathlon, Challenge London offered a middle-distance race in the heart of one of the world’s leading cities. Sam Laidlow (FRA) is obviously over the calf injury that had slowed him down in Roth, topping the men’s field in 3:29:31.

The winner of last year’s Challenge Family World Bonus, Great Britain’s Fenella Langridge arrived in London as one of the pre-race favourites and lived up to expectations with a win in 4:02:11.

Pro Podium – Male

1st – Sam Laidlow (FRA), 3:29:31
2nd – James Teagle (GBR), 3:32:17
3rd – Joshua Lewis (GBR), 3:34:02

Pro Podium – Female

1st – Fenella Langridge (GBR), 4:02:11
2nd – Magda Nieuwoudt (RSA), 4:08:33
3rd – Els Visser (NED), 4:09:26

Laura Philipp and Pieter Heemeryck take Ironman 70.3 European Championship

The Ironman 70.3 European Championship took place in Tallinn, Estonia on the weekend. A back and forth battle on the run got Germany’s Laura Philipp to the finish line in 3:59:24, just 48 seconds ahead of Switzerland’s Imogen Simmonds, with Emma Pallant-Browne (GBR) rounding out the podium. Belgium’s Pieter Heemeryck continued his excellent season with an excellent all-around performance to take the men’s race (3:36:56) ahead of New Zealand’s Mike Phillips and Italy’s Alessandro Fabian.


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Yeongdo World Cup sees a top-finish for Longcroft-Harris

Japan’s Takumi Hojo took his first World Cup victory at the Yeongdo World Triathlon Cup in Korea. Victoria’s Aiden Longcroft-Harris (pictured above at the 2019 Super League Ottawa event) took 10th, his best World Cup finish, while P.E.I.’s Martin Sobey finished 13th.

Germany’s Annika Koch won the women’s race, with Alberta’s Sophia Howell finishing 14th and B.C.’s Desirae Ridenour finishing 18th.

Great Britain tops the Europe Relay Championships

Turkey hosted the 2023 Europe Triathlon Sprint and Relay Championships in Balikesir over the weekend with Team GB topping the relay by 33 seconds over Spain. The European sprint titles went to Portugal’s Ricardo Batista and France’s Mathilde Gauthier.