Forfar triathlon star Andy Woodroffe is among world’s best

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Triathlon star Andrew Woodroffe is celebrating his status as one of the top 10 triathletes in the world after the World Championships.

Andy took incredible finishes in the sprint and Olympic distance races, coming seventh and ninth respectively.

He was the second Brit across the line in the sprint and the first Brit - and European - in the Olympic distance.

And now the Forfar man is setting his sights on medals at next year’s finals in Mexico.

Woodroffe said: “I knew I was in the best shape I’ve felt in a long time.

“The sprint race started good for me, the swim wasn’t too chaotic and I set out at a good pace in the lake and was feeling comfortable.

“I came out the water in a reasonable position and was fast into the bike. Once on the bike I just went as hard as possible.

“Then it was the run, my strength, and I felt strong, I felt comfortable and knew I could put down a hard time.

“The Olympic is my preferred distance but one I knew the field would be a lot bigger, if not stronger. The swim start was a mess, I was battered, left at the back and someone even tried to tear off my timing chip.

“But I just found some clean space and worked my way up the field to where I should have been. I ended up coming out of the water in a decent enough position but knew I had some work to do.

“The bike course was always going to be very fast, technical and hard. It was mostly underground so it was very fast.

“On to the 10km run and I was feeling good, I knew my running was the best it had ever been and I had to utilise that.

“Coming into the finish line I overtook a couple more guys and crossed the line 9th, first Brit and first European. A massive result, aresult I knew I had in me if I could race strong and push harder than ever.

“I now believe a year fitter and stronger and I could medal at these championships. Due to my results I have automatically qualified to race the worlds in Mexico next year.

“I want to say thank you to my parents and my coach Graeme. None of this would be possible without them.”