The suspense didn’t let up in the women’s race at Challenge Walchsee in Austria last weekend, with Britain’s Catherine Jameson and Lucy Gossage right up there at the front of the pack throughout the middle-distance race.

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Jameson led out of the swim, and over the first 60km of the bike she held a 3:30mins gap over her pursuers Gossage, Daniela Sämmler (GER), defending champ Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) and Simone Braendli (SUI). 

Sämmler subsequently fell back, but the remaining trio of Gossage, Van Vlerken and Braendli kept calm and by T2 they had closed the gap. Within seconds of each other the top four women headed out onto the run.

Braendli quickly showed her running strength, putting in 1:25mins over van Vlerken by the 5km mark and 4:22mins by the halfway point. She crossed the line more than seven minutes ahead of second-placed Gossage, with one of the fastest run splits ever seen at Challenge Walchsee of 1:20:30. Van Vlerken rounded out the podium in third place.

Pretty pleased with 2nd on a day where nothing felt easy.Grimace and grit it out!Congrats to Simone. Another amazing race.

— lucy gossage (@lucygoss) August 23, 2015

Jameson finished in ninth position, around 20mins behind Gossage. Full results here.

Men’s race