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European Triathlon Multisport Championships medal haul for New Forest athletes Mick Anglim and Jill Rogers

NEW Forest Cycling Club and Hardley Runners’ Mick Anglim and Lymington Triathlon Club’s Jill Rogers shone at the 2024 European Triathlon Multisport Championships in Coimbra, northern Portugal.

Anglim returned home with a gold medal, two bronzes and a few stitches after a nasty trip in the Aquathlon race.

However, those injuries were minor compared with his wife Jan, who was hit by a car while on a pedestrian crossing in Coimbra, suffering three fractures and multiple cuts and bruises.

Mick Anglim leading on one of the easier city climbs in Coimbra
Mick Anglim leading on one of the easier city climbs in Coimbra

Jill won the W65 bronze in the Europe Triathlon Aquathlon Championships, finishing a full five minutes ahead of the fourth-placed athlete.

She completed the 1km river swim and the 5km run in 43:09 after an impressive 18-minute wetsuit swim and a 22:47 5k.

It was Jill’s second international medal after winning the W55 European Aquathlon bronze in Cologne in 2015.

Mick finished third in the M75 category in both the Sprint Duathlon on Saturday and the Standard Duathlon on Sunday before taking gold in the Cross Duathlon on Tuesday.

The latter race included a 6.2km two-lap run through the hilly and cobbled streets of the medieval centre of Coimbra.

The 21.6km off-road bike course meandered through woodland before following a challenging run course through the city.

The final 4km run went over the river through the University grounds. There was a total climb of almost 1,400 feet, with much of it on cobbles.

The M75 Cross Duathlon victory is his fourth, and he secured the accolade with a winning margin of over 45 minutes ahead of second-placed Austrian Anton Hergouth.

The Aquathlon two days later was Mick’s least successful event after tripping on the final run and needing stitches to his knee and elbow.

The three podium places bring Mick’s total of international medals to 20 gold, with another 20 silver and bronze medals.

Mick, his son Brendan and granddaughter Erin will compete in the Multisport World Championships in Townsville, Australia, in August, provided Mick can recover in time.

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