Nelson lands top title after outstanding Sprint Distance win

Matthew Nelson
Matthew Nelson

Scarborough Swimming Club’s Matthew Nelson continued his winning streak at the British Universities and Colleges Sport Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships.

Competing for the University of Hull, Nelson claimed the title of university champion, seeing off impressive competition, including the World Junior silver medalist who came second, on the 750 metre swim, 25k bike ride and 5k run.

Delighted with his win Matthew said: “It was non-draft, with a staggered swim start, to try and reduce drafting on the bike, but it meant we didn’t really know who we were racing so it was basically an individual time trial from start to finish.

“I knew I was swimming and riding pretty well, after swimming a 4.19 for 400m free recently and following good critical power tests.

“On the day I just tried to swim as relaxed as possible.

“I worked really hard on the rolling bike course and I was passing people throughout the ride so knew I was going pretty well.

“But my legs were pretty trashed at the end of the time trial so just hung on over the 5k run.

“And then it was an anxious wait for everyone to finish, for the final results.

“But I was delighted with the result. It was a really good win for me in a field which was pretty stacked, it was just like an elite field turning out to play.”

Nelson’s victory now qualifies him for the European Elite Circuit and Continental Cup Circuit for the next two years.