Edgar's Euro Bronze

James Edgar Podium Targu Mures 2019

After missing out on the start of the season, James Edgar bounced back in spectacular fashion this week by winning a bronze medal at the ETU U23 European Aquathlon Championships at Targu Mures in Romania.

Here, he talks us through the race and how he made the podium.

Back on the Start Line

It was great to finally get back on the start line after over a year without the pre race nerves. There ended up being 78 athletes on the start pontoon after the race organisers combined the Elite, U23 and Junior mens' races.

James Edgar Targu Mures 2019 Swim

Boxing Match

With the U23 guys (me) being stuck right in the middle of the pontoon, there was most likely going to be a lot of fists and feet thrown about. Thankfully, I had a great start and got clean water straight away which made the first 200m a lot less of a boxing match than usual. The swim spread out pretty quick and I found myself just off the back of the lead five or six athletes at the turn around point and had to put in a harder effort to bridge the gap than I would have liked to on the way back.

I made it out of the water in the lead pack after dragging another athlete up with me who gave me a punch in the face every few strokes, just to let me know he was still there, very kind of him. Transition was very uneventful, which is never a bad thing. I went out hard trying to chase down the leaders and while I made up some ground on the first two of the four laps I could only get up to 5th before the efforts in the swim and the first 2.5km caught up with me and I started to die a slow and painful death.

James Edgar Targu Mures 2019 Pre Race

Buzzing

One athlete passed me on the final lap and I tried to go with him but the legs just had nothing left to give and I held on for 6th and 3rd U23. I’m absolutely buzzing to finally get a medal after having a really difficult last 12 months, both in and out of sport. Now the main aim is to rest up and get a few solid weeks of training in before the European Sprint Champs in Kazan.