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Mileham thrilled with finish at European Championships

PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 July 2015

Sam Mileham in triathlon action in Geneva

Sam Mileham in triathlon action in Geneva

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Youngster places well in continental debut

Romford's Sam Mileham in action in GenevaRomford's Sam Mileham in action in Geneva

Sam Mileham says he was shocked to finish inside the top 20 at the European Triathlon Championships in Geneva.

The Romford youngster is in his first year competing in the 16-19 age group and finished an impressive 19th out of 43.

Mileham found himself in 15th place after the opening swim, but dropped down to 22nd after the bike section, the section he believes is his

weakest discipline.

The 16-year-old was able to climb into the top 20, though, with a strong run to complete the course and he admits he was pleasantly surprised by his performance.

“I’m really happy with how I did. I didn’t really expect to finish where I did,” he said.

“I was just happy to be there competing, so to finish inside the top 20 was an added bonus.”

Mileham has been coached for the past two years by Dermot Hayes of RG Active.

And the youngster attributes his recent success to the influence of Hayes, adding: “Dermot has had a big impact. Before I was coached by him, I was just doing anything I could without much of a plan or strategy.

“But since Dermot has come in, I have improved so much under his guidance.”

After his showing in Switzerland, the future looks bright for Mileham and he is already hoping for success on a senior level.

“I hope that in five years time I’ll be competing at under-23 elite level in the World and European Cups. I also hope that I will be representing Great Britain at some level.”


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