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Steele lives Olympic dream

12 September 2013

Fitness coach in action for Team GB

Latics' man of Steele described it as a "brilliant experience" after competing for Great Britain in The 2013 London ITU Sprint Distance Triathlon World Championships.

Fitness coach Lee Steele took part in an aquathlon yesterday which launched the five-day event at London's Hyde Park.

Steele, who was representing Team GB in the 40/44 years age group, finished 52nd out of a field of 75 which included competitors from America, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Japan, Mexico and many European countries.

The aquathlon involved a 1,000 metre swim in the Serpentine followed by a five kilometre run around Hyde Park.

Steele's time of 38 min 07 sec was three minutes slower than his personal best as training has been curtailed since he joined Latics pre-season.

He said: "If I had been able to train fully, I reckon on previous times I would have finished about 35th.

"I didn't go with high expectations, but it was a brilliant experience to compete on the course used for last summer's Olympic Games."

Steele had hoped to compete in the triathlon for Team GB  but narrowly failed to qualify. 

He said: "The competition for places this year was more intense than ever because it was being held on course which was used for last summer's Olympics. 

"The top seven finishers from the trials made the Great Britain team. I was two minutes behind second place, but finished 21st. 

"Though I didn't make the team, I was invited to take part in the aquathlon." 

This is not the first time Steele has represented Great Britain. 

Last year he competed for them in the World Triathlon Championships in New Zealand  where he finished in the thirties in the 35/39 age category. 

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