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Lotti Knights earns double GB call for duathlon and triathlon world championships

The Perse School triathlete Lotti Knights. Picture: Richard Mitchell/The Perse School (43547743)
The Perse School triathlete Lotti Knights. Picture: Richard Mitchell/The Perse School (43547743)

Lotti Knights has been selected to represent Great Britain at world championships in both triathlon and duathlon in 2021.

The Perse School upper sixth sport scholar will travel to Almere in the Netherlands next September to take part in the women’s under-20 sprint duathlon at the ITU Multisport World Championships before heading to Bermuda the following month to race in World Sprint Triathlon Championships in the same age group.

Knights has a fine pedigree at international level having won bronze in the female 16 to 19 age category in sprint duathlon at the world championships in 2018.

The impressive performance helped selectors make their decision, after Knights had been ruled out for more than a year because of a serious knee injury.

“It’s really exciting because I didn’t know if anything was going to happen as I haven’t been able to do any qualifying events,” said Knights.

“It’s quite a relief that I’ve been selected for those places and I really want to win a medal before I go off to university.”

However, Knights admitted she has some way to go to be ready for the world championships in either discipline after only recently getting back into training after reconstructive surgery on her knee after rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament and suffering meniscus tears.

She said: “It was really hard. Sport is such a major part of my life and so many of my friends are those I play with on sporting teams that it wasn’t fun not being able to do anything.

“It’s really nice to be back, especially being able to play hockey again.

“The only thing now is struggling with my confidence and ability. If you haven’t done any races for over a year, you do second guess a lot of what you’re doing and it’s hard to grasp what level you’re at.

“I’m starting to ramp up the training and I’m really hoping to get some results from it. Hopefully we can get some 10k races in soon just to get back into the mind set of competing.”

However, ambitious Knights hopes to be back on form for both world championships.

“I really want to be at the top end in the duathlon, but I need to have the fitness I’ve had when I’ve been racing well in these competitions before,” she said.

“For triathlon, I’ve never been to the world championships before, so I don’t really know where I stand, it’s a whole new level. I’d like to be in the top five maybe, but I’ve no concept of how things are going to progress over the next few months.”

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