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Coopers Coborn pupil Sam Mileham places eighth in London Triathlon Junior Elite Race

PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 August 2016

Sam Mileham in triathlon action (pic: Sam Mileham)

Sam Mileham in triathlon action (pic: Sam Mileham)

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Excel Centre event had athletes from various countries involved, but local lad battled well to finish in top 10

Coopers Coborn pupil Sam Mileham finished eighth in the London Triathlon Junior Elite race last weekend.

The event took place at the ExCel Centre and included a 750m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run.

It had athletes from as far as Australia and Hong Kong competing and Mileham was pleased with his performance.

He managed to complete the swimming leg in nine minutes and 48 seconds – a personal best for the year.

Mileham said: “The swim was good. I picked a good line and started strong. The wind made it very easy one way and very hard the other way.

“After working very hard on my swim, getting a personal best has been really big for my motivation.

“Going into transition I slipped and fell hard on my hip, but quickly got up and onto the bike and chased to catch someone up front.”

The Coopers pupil managed to regroup and finished the bike section in a time of 32 minutes and six seconds.

Although again his transition wasn’t the best, Mileham finished the run strongly to clock an overall time of one hour, six minutes and eight seconds.

He added: “It was a hot day which made it good preparations for Mexico and so the run was very good training.

“I messed up my second transition a little so was a few seconds behind, but worked hard and after the first half a lap moved into eighth place.

“I worked hard for the rest of the run pushing harder and harder as I had lots of support from family and friends, which helped me along.

“I was very happy to have placed as high as eighth and so well in such well respected event in the calendar.”

Mileham admitted he has taken a lot of belief from the recent event and is now focusing on the World Championships.

The Coopers student was quick to thank his sponsors and his next race is the Ely Olympic Triathlon on August 21.

“This has given me a lot of confidence and made me realise my training has been going well and with a month to the World Championships, I seem to be in a good place,” said Mileham.

“A huge thank you to my sponsors Pedal Potential, Swim Canary Wharf, Sam Farmer, The Body Therapy Company and Zone 3 for supporting me throughout the year and helping me get these results.”

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