Athletics

Army Triathlete Wins Ironman Title In Estonia

Captain Katrina Matthews came out on top to qualify for next year's Ironman World Championships.

British Army triathlete Captain Katrina Matthews has won the Ironman 70.3 title in Estonia.

The physiotherapist's win in Tallinn means she has qualified for next year's Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. 

She scored the top overall split times in swimming, running and cycling to win the triathlon event.

The Army athletics star tweeted after the race that she was "chuffed to win".

"I’m really pleased to come away with the gold," she also said.

"The performance as good in terms of the data as well as the outcome of it.

"It really gives me confidence that I’ve been making productive time of myself over the last six months.

"I had to really consider how I was going to race the course rather than just pushing out average power throughout the whole 100 miles.

"I went into it knowing I wanted to build through my heart rate in terms of effort.

"I’d never ridden just a 100 miles race before.

“It was quite tactical and I think that’s where I may have seen the most gain over my competitors."

She also praised the rest of the field, as well as the organiser's work around the COVID-19 restrictions.

Capt Matthews' success in Estonia followed her victory in the RTTC National 100 Mile Championship last month. 

In July, Capt Matthews spoke to Forces News about the possibility of competing in the World Championships.

She said: "It is one of those goals that is achievable but it’s aiming really high because I know that I’m good enough to be competing in that situation in Kona.

"It gives me goosebumps."