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Russell aims for gold at Aquathlon
12:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
HELEN Russell is aiming for gold success in her age group at the World Aquathlon Championships next month.
The 38-year-old wants to improve on the bronze she won in 2010 Budapest when the tournament is staged on London’s Hyde Park on Wednesday, September 11.
To do that she will have to beat fellow Britain team-mate and former World Triathlon champion Caroline Jones at Hyde Park.Russell is well aware she needs to match her main rival in the swimming event.
The first half of the event sees competitors in the 35 to 39 age section tackle a 1,000 metre swim in the Serpentine followed by a 10 kilometre run.
Russell has been working hard on her less strong event.
She said: “I am a stronger runner than Caroline Jones but she is a better swimmer, so if I can stick with her in the swimming event then I’ve got a chance. My aim is to win gold but it’s not going to be easy as there will be a lot of competitors who will be attracted to this tournament. Russell has enjoyed an encouraging build-up to the championships.
She won silver at the British Aquathlon at the start of the month, completing the 750m swim and 5km run in 32 minutes and 14 seconds to come second behind Jones.
Bromsgrove’s Karen Riley just missed out on a podium place finishing in fifth in the 40 to 44 age category in a time of 37.27.
At the England Triathlon Championships, Russell completed the 750m open water swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run to win in 1.14.27.
Bromsgrove’s Andrew Cunnell was second in the 65 to 69 age section.
Russell though is fully focused on succeeding in the capital and is hoping the same course which saw Alastair and Jonny Brownlee win their Olympic medals at London 2012.
“I think a lot of people will want to compete in London and on the Olympic course,” commented Russell. I am not sure if competing at home will add any advantage but you saw British athletes in the London Games find that little bit extra.”
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