Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Quartet Have Relay Fine Race Down Mexico Way! NORTH TEAM TAKES SILVER AT WORLDS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Quartet Have Relay Fine Race Down Mexico Way! NORTH TEAM TAKES SILVER AT WORLDS

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Byline: INSIDETRACK Athletics news with BILL MCGUIRK

THE Brownlee brothers again took all the plaudits at the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Mexico - but North East duo Calum Johnson and Kate Waugh also did the business in making it on to the podium. The incredible sight of Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee carrying his exhausted brother Jonathan across the finish line naturally made all the headlines.

However, Johnson and Waugh also did their reputation a power of good by producing a silver-medal performance in the mixed under-23/junior relay championship.

After being top British performers in their individual championship earlier in the week, the Tyneside duo took their place in the Great Britain relay squad which produced one of the most exciting finishes of the championships.

Waugh was the first of the GB quartet into action and covered the 300m swim in 3min 21secs followed by a 7:55 5k bike ride.

She finally recorded 5:18 for the 1.6k run giving her a total time, including the two transitions, of 18:01.

Ben Dijkstra, who had won an individual junior bronze medal 24 hours earlier, took over from Waugh and for his stints recorded 15:30 before Olivia Mathias set off on the penultimate leg.

Mathias, who had finished behind Waugh in the individual junior race, gained ground on the leaders with a total time of 17:45 to give Johnson a fighting chance of a medal.

The gutsy Gateshead Harrier, 22, with splits of 3:17, 7:48 and 3:44, just came up short in his bid to take the team to the top of the podium as Spain came home four seconds clear with Australia, who held off the United States, completing the onetwo-three a just a further three seconds adrift of GB.

Johnson, who is based at the same Leeds campus as the Brownlee brothers, said: "It is the first time I have been part of a relay team and, I think, a first at a World Champs for the rest of the team too. …

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