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Angela Joiner-Handy determined to win ETU Duathlon European Championships gold next year

Mildenhall’s Angela Joiner-Handy was denied gold at the ETU Duathlon European Championships by the slenderest of margins, but that has only fuelled her desire to come out on top next time.

Joiner-Handy clocked exactly the same time as her Great British team-mate Cathy Dawson in the 50-54 Female AG Sprint category – one hour, six minutes and four seconds.

However, after analysing shots of the photo finish organisers declared Dawson to be the winner, meaning Joiner-Handy had to settle for a silver medal.

Angela Joiner-Hardy (left)
Angela Joiner-Hardy (left)

But, having done little specific training in the weeks and months building up to the event, Joiner-Handy is confident that things will be different next time around.

“I am a personal trainer and so I relied on basic fitness rather than having any specific training,” she said.

“I still felt I was in with a shout and I managed to make up 12 seconds in the last transition, but Cathy responded and we ended up level. It was a great race and she deserved it.

“But this has just made me want to train properly and go for gold next year. I love the sprint, it is a proper running race and proper bike race.

“I am more determined than ever. There is much more to come and that is exciting. Hopefully a few tweaks here and there will give me the edge.”

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