Georgia’s silver medal success

Georgia Hannam on the podium after picking up her silver medal.
Georgia Hannam on the podium after picking up her silver medal.
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A junior triathlete is celebrating after picking up an international silver medal.

Georgia Hannam picked up second place at the World Biathle Championships in Cyprus representing Team GB in the run, swim, run event.

The 15-year-old also won team gold, as did younger brother Shea, 12, who was also part of the Great Britain squad for his age group.

Georgia had moved up an age group meaning her race consisted of two 1,000m runs with a 200m run sandwiched in between.

After the first run she entered the water in sixth place, emerging at the next transition third.

She chased down the current British Biathle champion Natasha Sinha, coming home second three seconds back to take silver.

With three GB athletes finishing in the top four, she was part of the gold-medal winning team.

Shea secured his place in the final during one of the first heats of the morning being the fastest qualifier from Team GB.

He then had to do it all over again in the afternoon. The pace stepped up for this race leaving the youngster to take sixth place overall to help the British team win another team gold.

The siblings along with younger sister Larissa had also been busy in the run up to Cyprus.

Competing in the last race of the North West Biathle at Palatine Blackpool, Larissa, 9, took fifth place on the day giving her the same finish overall in the series.

Georgia and brother Shea both won their races, meaning the latter became North West Series champion for 2013.

As Georgia had only competed in two of the series races she came joint fifth with sister Larissa.

Things were also tense in the North West Triathlon series with the last race of the season being in either Chester or Carlisle.

Georgia, Shea and Larissa travelled to Carlisle with the two girls needing to win their races to win the series title.

The weather took a turn for the worse meaning the Carlisle triathlon was changed to an aquathlon.

This was bad news for Larissa as she had already completed her total of aquathlons gaining full points so her points for the day wouldn’t count but all three still took first place on the day.

The win at Carlisle guaranteed Georgia first place in the North West Triathlon series, but for Shea and Larissa they had to wait for the results of Chester.

The results came through and Larissa’s first place in the series was confirmed, beating her nearest competitor by less than one point while Shea took second.