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Farnham has a new World Champion

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Farnham has a new World Champion

Published at 1:32pm 23rd August 2017.

Farnham has a new World Champion on its hands. 

Richard Allen became the Under 23's World Duathlon Champion after his win in Canada.

He fought off stiff competition from athletes across the globe, to win by 39 seconds. 

The Duathlon is an event that involves a 10k run, followed by a 40k cycle and finished with a 5k run.

Allen qualified after winning the European U23 Duathlon Championships in Soria, Northern Spain, in April 2017.

The reigning European Champion led the way from start to finish in a dominant performance that the Brit will be looking to build on at future events. 

Allen also represents the South East Region Swim England (ASA) and is the current Triathlon England National Aquathlon Champion. 

Aquathlon involves a mixture of events including long distance running and swimming. 

President of Farnham Swimming Club, Chris Lee, was full of praise for Allen after his success on the global stage: "We are so delighted for Richard in winning his first World Championship. It is a testament to his hard work and dedication. 

"It is also fantastic for Farnham Swimming Club as it approaches its 125th anniversary year to have a World Champion in the team.

"Richard trains with the club and competes for us and is such an inspiration to all of our younger athletes."

The Farnham-born athlete's next competition is on 25th August in the Under 23's World Aquathlon Championships in Penticon, Canada.

Richard will be aiming to go one step further in the event after winning silver in 2016.