University of Leeds Sports Scholar Gordon Benson has won Britain’s first gold at the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan this weekend.
Benson who is in his third year at the University studying Nutrition (BSc) won the triathlon event with a time of 1.48.31. He lead during the cycling phase with help from British team-mates Tom Bishop (University of Leeds Alumnus) and Philip Graves, 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.
Gordon has been an Elite Sports Scholar throughout his time at University supported by funding from Patrick Way QC (University of Leeds Alumnus). This scholarship provides a comprehensive support package as well as funding towards competition costs. Gordon’s academic liaison officer has helped him to balance academic studies with training, and supported negotiations allowing Gordon to split his final year into two so he can focus on Rio 2016 qualification.
“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.”
Rob wadsworth: Head of Sport at the University of Leeds.
Take a look at Gordon’s athlete profile on the British Triathlon website including his recent race results.