recorded his best ever ITU Triathlon World Cup finish with fourth place. He finished just ahead of teammate and follow trigold graduate, Adam Bowden
. Both athletes came to triathlon from an international steeplechase background.
Buckingham said: “I am really pleased with my result. My aim for the year is to make it to the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Auckland so I was saying to myself ‘every single point counts.’
“It was nice to get to run with my training partner. Me and Adam Bowden
work really well together so that kept us away from the chasing group.
“I’m going on to Kitzbuhel this weekend for my first ITU World Triathlon Series race, and then Canary Wharf. I absolutely love racing, which is a good job considering I have four races in 19 days!”
Buckingham and Bowden finished just seven seconds apart in fourth and fifth place, and Aaron Harris
finished eighth. The race was won by teen prodigy, Lukas Verzbicas
of the USA. The 19 year-old is the current ITU World Junior Champion.
followed up her win from last weekend with a fifth place finish behind Gwen Jorgensen
(USA) , Erin Densham
(AUS), Ashleigh Gentle
(AUS) and Andrea Hewitt
The 22-year-old from Leeds won the Cremona ITU Sprint Triathlon European Cup last weekend in Italy. Her result in Banyoles was a career best in ITU Triathlon World Cup events.
Results, elite men:
1. Lukas Verzbicas USA 1:47:28
2. Laurent Vidal FRA 1:47:45
3. Dmitry Polyanskiy RUS 1:48:04
40. Phil Wolfe GBR 1:51:53
43. David Bishop GBR 1:52:17
49. Matthew Gunby GBR 1:53:32
DNF Rhys Davey GBR
Results, elite women:
1. Gwen Jorgensen USA 1:59:39
2. Erin Densham AUS 1:59:55
3. Ashleigh Gentle AUS 2:00:02
30. Hannah Drewett GBR 2:11:24
Pictures courtesy of James M. Schmidt/ITU Media