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Triathlete Gordon Benson wins first gold for Great Britain

Triathlon Day 2: Baku 2015 - 1st European Games
Gordon Benson of Great Britain approaches the finish line to win gold in the Men's Triathlon final. Dan Mullan/Getty Images
European U23 champion holds off Portugal's Joao Silva in thrilling battle

Great Britain's European U23 champion Gordon Benson won the men's Triathlon in 1:48.31 after a thrilling battle in the hot sun at Bilgah Beach on Sunday.

Benson held off the fast-finishing Portuguese Joao Silva, who emerged from 50 seconds back in fifth place, over the last lap of the run. Silva finished second in 1:48:42, while Rostyslav Pevtsov produced a fantastic finale to earn bronze for Azerbaijan.

The 21-year-old Briton revealed that he felt he could win the gold despite not being considered a pre-race favourite: "We said before if I do everything right and we play our cards right there's no reason why I can't win. I thought 'everyone here's beatable, and I'm just going to put everything on the line and do what I can and try and win Team GB that gold medal'."

The victory means that the British NOC has a quota slot for Rio 2016 assured.

Spain's Fernando Alarza, who is ranked third in the world and had been widely tipped for victory, finished a disappointing 11th. He blamed a pre-match bout of stomach problems, but congratulated Benson on his victory, which he said the British team "truly deserved".


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