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Lucy Gossage smashes the Challenge Barcelona course record, also posting the fastest female long-course time ever in Spain.

Gossage’s 8:58:43 time at last weekend’s Challenge Barcelona puts the Brit in an exclusive club of sub-nine hour long-course female triathletes, rounding off a spectacular season.

The part-time doctor part-time pro led the race by nearly 10-minutes, with the Netherlands’ Mirjam Weerd coming second in 9:07:25 and Germany’s Daniela Sammler claiming third in 9:11:55.

The win in Barcelona is another fantastic result in a year of amazing races for Gossage, who after turning pro and winning Ironman 70.3 Ireland towards the end of last season, has taken the British and European long distance duathlon titles this year along with a pair of second places at middle-distance Challenge events in Fuerteventura and Barcelona.

Following coming off the bike in June, Gossage then came fifth at the Ironman 70.3 European Championships and took silver in the relentless Powerman Zofingen, which served as the ITU World Long Distance Duathlon Championships.

Now with such a convincing win at Challenge Barcelona, Gossage’s continual improvements put her in good stead to visit Kona again in the not too distant future.

Read Lucy Gossage’s full account of her journey into professional triathlon here. is the online home of Triathlon Plus. Save time and money by having every issue delivered to your door or digital device by subscribing to the print edition or buying digitally through Zinio or Apple Newsstand.

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