Year 12, Ben Dijkstra has won his first world title at the Duathlon World Championships in Adelaide, Austraila. The 5km run, 20km bike ride and 2.5km run was a perfect race for Ben who finished in a time of 53.12, 12 seconds ahead of second place.
It is a fantastic achievement for Ben who has already had hugely successful triathlon season this year. The World Junior Duathlon Champion had already won the Quarteira Junior European Cup in Portugal in March, before being crowned British Junior Duathlon Champion in April and British Junior Aquathlon Champion in May. He went on to victory at the Blenheim Triathlon in June, was third at the European Triathlon Championships in Switzerland in July before coming first in the European Youth Relay Championships later that month in Spain. More Recently Ben came first at the Tiszaujvaros Premium European Cup in Hungary before competing and coming eighth in the World Triathlon Championships in Chicago.
As you can imagine, Ben is absolutely thrilled with his performance and cites that his success is a reward for the hard work that he puts in. “I can’t believe that I can now say that I’m a World Junior Duathlon Champion!” “It’s absolutely fantastic. I’m over the moon and it is a testament to the hard work which myself, my family; and my coaches have put in over the last few years.
“It’s the best way to close a very successful season and I’m looking forward to the next few years as my goals will stay as high as ever.”
You can watch the highlights video from the World Duathlon Championships here: