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Stirling university fresher named junior duathlon world champion

A Stirling university fresher has won gold at the ITU Junior Duathlon World Championships in Canada- just one month before he starts his degree.

Cameron Richardson, from Cumbernauld, placed first at the games in Penticton, among a group of athletes from across the globe.

He said the news is still sinking in.

“I can’t even put it into words yet- I couldn’t honestly comprehend it and I’m still in disbelief.

“I could see a few guys were suffering going into the second lap, so I tried to pick up the pace again and ended up dropping a few of the good cyclists.

“Then I just attacked going into transition and managed to open a bit of a gap on the bike.”

Despite his winning finish, Richardson suffered a 10 second penalty time after marshals caught him misplacing his helmet.

“I missed the box where you’re supposed to put your helmet during transition and didn’t realise before continuing on the run, so was pulled up and had to serve a standstill penalty.

“However, it gave me a chance to look back and see I had a substantial gap between me and the chasers.”

The 19 year-old secured a sports scholarship after leaving school a year early to join the Triathlon Scotland High Performance Centre at the university.

He’ll begin an accountancy course when the new term starts this month.

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