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Paul Ryman bags bronze at ITU World Championships

By Somerset Standard  |  Posted: November 01, 2012

Paul Ryman

Paul Ryman

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Frome Triathlon Club's Paul Ryman finished third in his age category over the sprint distance at the ITU World Championships last week.

Ryman represented Great Britain in the 30-34 age group in Auckland, New Zealand, and completed the 750m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run in 1hr 5mins 36secs, despite wet and windy conditions.

"It was a race in very challenging conditions and a very proud day standing on the podium," he said.

"I would like to thank everyone for all the kind messages of support – it is very much appreciated."

An international field of 3,000 triathletes gathered at Queens Wharf and Ryman was in 12th place after completing the swim in 11:15 but was quick through the first transition and set the fourth fastest time of 31:45 on the bike.

Another speedy transition set him up well for the final leg and he quickly moved up to third. He was also closing on home competitor Scott McGregory in second but ran out of time and finished eight seconds behind after a 16:57 run.

Ryman's efforts helped Great Britain clinch third place in the medal table, with Australia top and New Zealand second.

Frome Running Club members impress on the streets of Amsterdam – see page 71 for details.

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