Ben again 23.05.14

After winning four UK Cross Country titles as reported earlier this year, Ben Dijkstra has continued his remarkable progress in the athletics world.

Competing at Weert in the Netherlands, he won the European Qualifier for the Youth Olympic Games in the triathlon, beating his nearest rival, Dmitry Efimov from Russia, by six seconds.  Ben, one of the youngest in the field, completed the 750m swim, 17.5km cycling and 5km run in 52 minutes 55 seconds and was the only British competitor in the top ten.  The victory makes his selection for Britain’s Youth Olympic Squad for the Youth Olympics to be held in Nanjing, China in August a near certainty.