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St Albans Boys School's Robbie Lightowler defends world title
12:47pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Sport
St Albans teenager Robbie Lightowler defended his title after victory at the World Biathle Championships in Cyprus.
The 16-year-old St Albans Boys School pupil crossed the line three seconds ahead of the nearest competitor at the multi-sport event, which consists of a 1,000m run, 200m open water swim and a further 1,000m run, to emerge world champion.
Within the first 250m of the second run, Lightowler, who trains with City of St Albans swimming club, had established control and led through the halfway point.
With 75m to go, the pack closed, at which point he gave a final push for the finish and managed to cross the line narrowly ahead.
The Great Britain competitors finished first, fifth and eighth, but the overall position was based on the collective time, which was ten seconds ahead of the Egyptians.
“Robbie’s successful defence of his world title underlines his exceptional athletic prowess”, said St Albans School headmaster Andrew Grant.
“We are very proud of his achievements and to be able to support him in his training.
“Robbie leads our cross country squad and benefits from our own first-class pool which is used by his swimming club, CoStA – one of the strongest clubs in the Eastern Region.”
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