Triathlete Jack Powis is on the verge of qualification for the 2022 Abu Dhabi World Standard Distance Triathlon Championships.
Powis, 20, recently placed sixth in the 20 -24 age group at the AJ Bell Leeds World Triathlon Championships Qualifier/British Championship standard distance triathlon.
The Stroud-based University of Gloucestershire student started with a 1500m swim (23 mins), 40k bike (58 mins), and a 10k hilly run (39 mins).
Powis said: “I’m generally pleased with my overall result as it looks like I’m going to qualify for the worlds. The swim and bike felt good. It was nice that the water temperature has finally warmed up, which always seems to help my swim speed. As is always the case with me, I had limit my losses on the swim so I can try to catch the leaders up on the bike and run.
“The bike felt good as it was on a bike which is new this year and feels nice and quick. The bike was quite technical and undulating but I felt strong.
“Ideally, I’d have liked to gain a couple more places on the run, but it was a challenging hilly course and, towards the end, I developed painful blisters from having my trainers slightly too loose but, overall, it was a good race.”
Next month Powis will feature in the Cotswold Classic 113 race.
Powis added: “I’m looking forward to it as it will be my first half Ironman distance race and I think that the longer distance racing will suit me even better than the standard distance.”