Gainsborough triathlete Jordan Skelly will be joining the all-conquering Brownlee brothers at next year’s European Championships after wining a silver medal at the English National Championships.
Skelly, 21, finished 17th overall and second in the 20-24yrs category in the race at Rutland Water, which was part of the Triathlon National Standard Distance Championships to qualify for the British team for the first time.
And his efforts mean he will now be racing on the same weekend as Alistair and Johnny Brownlee, who followed up their Olympic success in 2012, where Alistair won gold and Johnny bronze, with another dominant performance in the Commonwealth Games last week where they won gold and silver respectively for England.
“I’ve never qualified for the British team before so I’m really excited about it,” said Skelly.
“I never expected to do as well as I did but I had a good run section in the race and that got me through.”
“It’s amazing to think I’ll now be racing as part of the same team at the same event as the Brownlees.”
“They’ll be running in the elite men’s race on the Saturday so I’ll be able to watch them and see if I can pick up some tips about going through transition and how to make up time there, before I go in the age-category races on the Sunday.”
The Rutland race, known as the Dambuster Triathlon, comprised a 1,500m swim, 42km bike ride and 10km run.
It attracts a consistently strong field every year, making it one of the most popular on the British triathlon calendar.
A top-three finish in his category would earn Skelly a place in Switzerland next year and that was exactly what he achieved.
After the open water swim, Skelly went into the first transition lying sixth in his age group.
A hilly bike course suiting my strengths and saw me grab some vital places back overall, as well as unknowingly closing the gaps to the others in his age group.
As he exited transition for the second time to start his run, he lay fourth in his age group with only the top three assured of a place on the plane to Geneva.
But strong time of 37.15 for finishing 10km saw him claim the silver medal and a place in the British team for Switzerland.