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Youngest triathlete champion hails from Gravesend

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 May 2014

David Allen, age9, from Gravesend won a triathlon.

David Allen, age9, from Gravesend won a triathlon.

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A 9-year-old boy shot, ran and swam his way to becoming Britain's youngest triathlete champion.

David Allen, of Calderwood, Gravesend, competed in the British Modern Triathlon Championships in Solihull on May 10.

It is the first year that nine year olds have been allowed to compete at a national level and following a tough competition David was victorious in the under 11 category.

He said: “I’m quite enjoying all the attention that I got from everyone, even in my school.

“They were quite surprised, they didn’t believe me until my headteacher announced it.”

David’s mother Kerry was extremely proud of how well her son performed in the competition.

She said: “He works so hard. He swims four nights a week, he runs.

“He was so pleased. He’s worked really hard for this.”

David, who attends Riverview Junior School, particularly excelled in the shooting side.

“On his shooting he scored 88 out of a possible 100, which was the highest, even the adult men didn’t manage to get that,” Kerry explained.

“He was just spot on, we couldn’t fault him really. For such a little fella he absolutely shot a blinder.”

The shooting was followed by an 800m run, where David took 17 seconds off his personal best time.

The concluding event was the swim, where he equalled his personal best time and got enough points to take the lead and win the title.

“He swam his heart out,” Kerry said.

Sporting success runs in the Allen family, as David’s older brother John, 19, a student at the University of Bath, is the current holder of the British Men’s Modern Tetrathlon title, a competition which involves shooting, running, swimming and fencing.

David said: “My brother did it and I want to follow in his footsteps.”

Kerry added: “Between the two of them they are so determined.”

David swims with Black Lion Swimming Club, runs with Medway Tri Club and shoots with North Kent Modern Pentathlon Club, based at Medway Park.

“My favourite is the swimming,” he said.

He plans to compete in next year’s competition, where he will be in the under 11 category again, and is determined to hold on to his crown.

“I am definitely up for it,” he said.

“They’ll all be looking to take my place next year!”

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