Porthcawl’s Morgan Davies wins Tri Liverpool race

Porthcawl’s Morgan Davies celebrated gold at the Tri Liverpool, the second race in the 2015 British Triathlon Super Series.

The elite men took to the iconic course in the final race of the day as the crowds lined the Dockside in anticipation.

Davies delivered the first triathlon victory of his career after bursting away from former champion, Brendan Sexton to take the win by just four-seconds in 0:57.28.

The race had been close until the final stages of the run, where Davies had already attempted to break away on the second-lap.

However, it was his second and ultimately decisive burst that delivered the British Triathlon Elite Sprint Triathlon Championships and maximum points in the penultimate British Triathlon Super Series race of the season.

“It’s my first ever win in a triathlon, so I’m really happy with that,” said Davies.

“It’s surprising as I took a bit of time out recently – my last two races haven’t gone to plan and I’ve felt a bit run down, but today went really well.

“It was a physical swim but I managed to get towards the front although on the bike I found it tough. Thankfully the run was great though, I felt really in control and I paced myself out at the front out of transition.

“I tried a few things and made a move on the second lap and got a bit of a gap, but they were closing down on me all the time. I tried to make them work a bit harder and then it allowed me to push on in the final lap.

“Three years ago I came here and Brendan absolutely destroyed me. It’s great to come and do well and take the British title.”

Davies studies and trains at Loughborough University where he is a member of the UK Sport Lottery funded World Classs Performance squad, coached by Adam Elliott.

His best result to date is 8th at the ITU world junior championships in Hyde Park, London in 2013. This result was achieved despite health issue at the time that had prevented him from training to his full capacity.

He has also featured internationally in medal winning Great Britain Youth relay teams (silver 2010) and represented Wales at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in the Mixed Team Relay.

In second place was the former champion, Sexton from Australia who finished in 0:57.32. In third place was Matthew Wright from Barbados in 0:57.20.

Welshman Liam Lloyd won the silver medal in the British Elite Sprint Triathlon Championships with David Bishop taking bronze in 0:58.36.

Sophie Coldwell won the women’s race, while Tri Liverpool also hosted the fourth race of the British Triathlon Youth and Junior Super Series.

In the junior women’s race, Sophie Alden crossed the line in first place in a time of 01:06.38, with Ffion-Haf Harrett in second with a time of 01:08.45. Third place went to Julie Nimmo in 01:09.20.

In the junior men’s race, Sam Dickinson took the title in 0:58.05, with James Teagle second in 0:58.11. Jack Willis finished third with 0:58.41.

In the elite youth races, Amy Chalmers took the girl’s title in 0:40.41. Kate Gallagher finished second in 0:41.15 and Lucy Byram was third in 0:41.19.

In the boy’s race, Travis Bramley finished first in 0:34.03, Cameron Main finished second in 0:34.10 and Frederick Webb finished third in 0:34.16.

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/other-sport/porthcawls-morgan-davies-wins-tri-9733882