John Caborn said he was ‘shocked and delighted’ to claim bronze for Great Britain.
The Skegness Tri Club member earned his place on the podium in Spain, where he was competing in the 70-74 years age group sprint at the 2017 Soria ETU Duathlon European Championships.
John was invited to represent Great Britain as an age grouper after qualifying at an event last year.
“I am shocked and delighted to win the vets category bronze medal,” John admitted.
“While I trained hard to do my best, I didn’t expect to take third place.”
The sprint duathlon distances were a 5km run, 20km bike leg and a 2.5km run.
John was up against tough competition, namely the current European and World champion, as well as the Spanish champion.
For any 70-year-old to have the fitness to compete at a duathlon is incredible.
But John proved he is no ordinary athlete by training throughout the winter and finishing the race in 1 hr 27 mins 43 secs.
“It was extremely windy on the bike course, and I was approaching 45mph down the inclines, with the wind throwing me about,” John added.
“With around 3,600 of climbing and descending it was a real test of stamina.
“It’s been an amazing experience from the opening ceremony to the medal presentation.
“To represent GB at a European Championship event, and the support on the weekend, would not have happened without the support of friends, and by the tri club and its coaches.”
Two Skegness Tri club members celebrated great finishes at marathon distance recently.
Ben Evison ran the London marathon in April, clocking 2:52.
Another marathon distance was completed by Mark Wheeler in Milton Keynes.
This was the second time in consecutive years that Mark has entered the event.
He is now a university student and has limited time to train around his studies.
He did extremely well to complete the race in 4:32.