Brown duo beat weather in Beijing

Mika and Chris Brown. (S)
Mika and Chris Brown. (S)
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HARROGATE father and son triathletes Chris and Mika Brown both secured strong results in dreadful conditions at the World Triathlon Championships in Beijing, China on September 11.

Despite torrential rain making the technical bike course extremely dangerous Chris saved his best swim of the season and one of his fastest runs for the final to secure 12th position in his race in a time of 1:16:38.

Mika, at his first World Championships, found himself in an extremely competitive 16-19 years age group and although he finished much quicker than his father, in 1:14:15, placed 20th.

The family duo were joined by fellow Harrogate triathlete Simon Gray who stormed the swim section in 12:34 to come home 15th in 1:17:33.

The sprint-distance triathlon races which consisted of a 750m open-water swim in the Ming Tombs reservoir, a 20km hilly and twisting cycle and a 5k carpeted run took place in atrocious conditions of driving rain, wind and cold air temperatures, playing into the hands of the Yorkshiremen and working against the likes of the Australians and Team Tahiti.

The irony of the situation is that the water temperature was a pleasant 27 degrees. “It’s not often the swim is the warmest section of a triathlon, but it was that Sunday,” said Mika.

Later in the day fellow Yorkshireman Alistair Brownlee from Leeds won the elite Olympic Distance race by five seconds to secure the overall World Championship with his brother Jonny finishing third on the day to secure his own second position in the standings.