SEPTEMBER 3 - BRITAIN'S remarkable weekend of success at the World Triathlon Championships in Lausanne continued today when Tim Don won the senior's men title and Will Clarke claimed gold in the under-23 event, making it a clean sweep for Britain's men.
This result adds to the success of Harry Wiltshire in the World Student Championship, Richard Stannard in the World Aquathlon Championships and Alistair Brownlee (pictured here celebrating with Clarke, left, and Don, centre) in the World Junior Championship on Saturday.
Don made a supreme effort to bridge a gap on the bike to join a group of 10 athletes that also included team-mate Stuart Hayes. This group of 10 exited the second transition some 75 seconds over a large chase group of over 40 athletes.
Upon exiting transition for the running leg, the race was always between Don and Hamish Carter, New Zealand's Olympic champion, with Don making the decisive break at the beginning of the third to take victory from Carter by 11 seconds. Frenchman Belaubre finished in a highly respectable third place after a solid run.
"It was the best performance of my triathlon career," said Don. "I won on this course as a junior in 1998 and to take the senior title here is so rewarding. I'm stoked."
Andrew Johns had a strong run to finish in ninth place having been in the chase group of the bike and always had too large a deficit to overcome. Hayes after a promising swim and bike faded on the run to finish in 11th place.
In the under-23 race the swim was led out by Dann Brook but it was Clarke, who broke away early in the bike with Russian Ivan Vasiliev, who led the field at the end of the bike.
Out of transition Clarke immediately pulled clear of the Russian and maintained the position during the 10km run to claim another gold medal for the British team.
Oliver Freeman and Dann Brook settled into the large chase pack on the bike with Freeman making his move on the run to finish in eighth. Brook, after a solid run, finished in a respectable 13th.
Emma Snowsill led Australia to victory in the women's event, with Andrea Whitcombe the leading Briton in sixth.
The women's under-23 race was won by Australia's Erin Densham with Britain's Vanessa Raw finishing fourth and Rosie Clarke sixth.