Three Scots included in British Triathlon squad for Glasgow 2018
British Triathlon have revealed their squad of nine-athletes who will battle for European glory at Glasgow 2018 this August.
Reigning European Champion Jess Learmonth heads up a strong British contingent, which also includes 2016 European Champion India Lee and former World Champion Non Stanford.
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There are also three Scots in the side – ensuring plenty of local interest for the Strathclyde Country Park crowds.
Marc Austin enjoyed a successful junior and U23 career before becoming a senior, winning ITU world championship silver medals in both categories.
More recently 24-year-old Glaswegian was Team Scotland’s first medallist of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, taking bronze in a gutsy performance in the individual event, holding off the challenge of World and Olympic medallists Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee.
A European medal on home soil would be a fine way to end the year for one of British Triathlon’s most promising athletes.
Grant Sheldon laid down his marker in triathlon by winning double gold at the 2016 World University Championships in Nyon, Switzerland.
The same year included Mixed Team Relay gold at the European Championships and individual bronze at the European Sprint Championships as well as a fourth-place finish at the ITU World Triathlon Series in Edmonton.
Sheldon comes to Glasgow off the back of 17th place at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, and a 4th place in his last European outing at the 2017 Quarteira ETU Triathlon European Cup.
The Hamilton man lives a stone throw from Strathclyde Country Park and will be hoping to dominate on his home patch once again at Glasgow 2018.
Beth Potter is unique as she combines both triathlon and athletics where she is a 10,000m athlete, competing at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in 2017.
She made her triathlon debut last year (2017), displaying her running superiority in the Funchal Sprint Triathlon European Cup when she was able to come back from a minute behind at the start of the run leg to eventually complete the race in first place.
Beth compete in the 5,000m and 10,000m at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and then the 10,000m at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
In 2018, she made history by becoming the first Scottish athlete to compete in two sports at the Commonwealth Games – triathlon and athletics. She went on to finish 12th in the triathlon and is coming to Glasgow off the back of a second-place finish at the 2018 Antwerp ITU Triathlon World Cup.
The future looks very bright for the Bearsden-girl and she will be hoping to secure her first major Triathlon title at Strathclyde Country Park in August.
Triathlon takes place from the 9-11 August.
Tickets range from £15 - £30 and can be found at: https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/glasgow2018#Triathlon