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St Albans swimmer Robbie Lightowler wins two national titles
11:50am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Sport
Teenage swimmer Robbie Lightowler celebrated winning two national titles within the space of a week.
The 16-year-old, who trains with City of St Albans Swimming Club Senior A squad, took first place in the Youth B National Biathle Championships in Manchester (1,000m run, 200m swim, 1,000m run).
Lightowler followed up in Birmingham where he won the highly competitive British Youth Aquathlon Championship (400m swim, 2.5km run). He defeated several GB international triathletes in the 40 plus field.
As the world champion in his category, Lightowler has been selected by GB Pentathlon to represent Great Britain at the 2013 Biathle World Championships in Cyprus in October.
The St Albans School pupil said: “I've really enjoyed participating in these events which I can excel in.
“I have the confidence in the water to keep with the leaders and the endurance in my running to take the lead. My transitions in both races were good because the water was warmer.
“In May, I couldn’t deal with the wetsuit because my hands were frozen but this time I was one of the fastest in the transition area. I hope to be doing triathlons next year, which require the transitions from swim to cycle - a far more challenging task which I hope to perfect.”
Not one to rest on his laurels, Lightowler already has his next event in sight and will be representing Great Britain in the aquathlon at the London Festival on September 11 in the 16-19 age group.
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