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Leeds sports scholar wins European Gold

 June 15, 2015 | Simon Jenkins

University of Leeds Sports Scholar Gordon Benson took the gold medal in the triathlon at the European Games in Baku.

Gordon, who is in his third year at the University studying Nutrition (BSc), won the event with a time of 1.48.31. He led during the cycling phase with help from British team-mates Philip Graves and alumnus Tom Bishop (History 2013) and went on to break away during the 10km run and finish in the top position.

His victory has earned him a European gold medal and Great Britain a place in the Rio 2016 Olympics – and is just the latest success for Leeds in the triathlon, following the world-leading performances of alumni brothers Jonny and Alistair Brownlee.

Gordon has been an elite sports scholar throughout his time at University supported by funding from alumnus Patrick Way QC (English 1975).

Head of Sport Rob Wadsworth said: “I am delighted for Gordon, this result is a testament to his hard work, dedication and commitment to his sport. He is a fantastic ambassador for the University and the sport, I’m sure this will be just one of many fantastic performances that he will achieve in the forthcoming years.”

Leeds sports scholar wins European Gold