Athletics

Army Star: Florida Triathlon Victory 'Ticked Every Goal'

Captain Katrina Matthews won the Pro Women's title at Panama Beach.

Army triathlete Captain Katrina Matthews has won the Pro Women's title in Florida.

The victory in the IRONMAN event caps off an impressive year for the military medic, while her time of eight hours and 40 minutes was the third-best for a British female at the event.

Speaking after the race, she said: "I’m over the moon. It’s ticked every goal, realistic goal, that I had for the race.

"To be able to race in the current times was a privilege.

"To be able to get here is obviously a privilege under the exemptions for elite sport.

"And to come away with the win is just everything I wanted out of this season’s training."

Capt Matthews led from the start in America, which resulted in an unexpected challenge.

"The bike actually was pretty miserable for me," she explained.

Captain Katrina Matthews warmed up for the Florida race with an Army event in Nottingham last month.

"I was out in front for the whole time so that’s four-and-a-half hours just on my own, just grinding away.

"It was pretty challenging - mentally, mostly.

"It wasn’t working that hard but I just couldn’t seem to be able to push."

She may have been pleased with her performance, but the says this race gives her something to work towards in the future.

"One of my goals for the season was to be able to run a sub-three-[hour] marathon off the bike," Capt Matthews stated.

"I had that in my head and I also knew that if I did that, I’d also be breaking the course record with the swim and the bike I’d done.

"I think I was about two-and-a-half minutes off the course record which is also nice to know that it wasn’t just a COVID-era race.

"It was still a substantial performance," she added.

"The competition was really good as well. There were a lot of really great girls in this field."