Super second for Jakeman
HE swam for 750 metres in the cold, murky waters of London s Docklands, shed his wetsuit for a 20-kilometre cycle race along the Thames then returned to Docklands for the small matter of a 5km run. Wisbech athlete Andrew Jakeman, 20, was one of a record 1
HE swam for 750 metres in the cold, murky waters of London's Docklands, shed his wetsuit for a 20-kilometre cycle race along the Thames then returned to Docklands for the small matter of a 5km run.
Wisbech athlete Andrew Jakeman, 20, was one of a record 11,000 people to compete in the Mazda London Triathlon, the largest event of its kind in the world.
Races were held in various categories over the weekend and Jakeman finished second in the male sprint, in 1:07:56.
About 1,400 people competed in this category.
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He said: "It was a fantastic experience to be competing in such a big event and I didn't expect to do as well as I did.
"I could hardly see a thing when I was in the water but I just kept going and I'm really happy with second place."
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Jakeman was one of eight triathletes competing for the Herbalife Cup.
He was picked out as an up-and-coming athlete and received advice and support from nutrition and weight management company Herbalife.
He received coaching from triathlon superstar Glenn Cook, who has won two world, two European and six British titles and 2012 Olympic medal hope Olly Freeman.
As the eight athletes competed in different events, the winner was judged on a number of criteria and not just pace alone.
Outstanding effort, commitment and results all went to help the panel of judges - which included Cook and Freeman.
A spokesman for Herbalife said: "Andrew did extremely well to achieve his second place as competition was fierce.
"He was a serious contender for the Herbalife Cup but just missed out."
The cup was awarded to 17-year-old Sophie Coleman from Eastbourne, who won the Junior Female title at the Mazda London Triathlon.