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Steve Judge battled through the heat in Turkey to win his medal
Steve Judge battled through the heat in Turkey to win his medal
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Team GB amateur Paratriathlete Steve Judge has continued to build up to the World Championships in London after winning a silver medal at the European Championships in Turkey.

The 40-year-old, who is a member of the Sheffield Triathlon Club, (swimming, cycling and running) was competing in Alanya.

He finished the 750 metre swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run in an impressive 1:10:18.

Since taking up the triathlon in 2009, Steve has also picked up a gold at the 2012 World Triathlon Final in Auckland, silver in the European Championships 2012 in Israel, and also gold medal in the British Championships 2012.

Steve, who suffered a near fatal car crash 10 years ago which left both his legs crushed, had been training 10 hours a week for the event and battled through the Turkish heat to add to his medal collection.

Steve, from Eckington, said: “Competing at one o’clock in the afternoon in Turkey meant it was going to be a hot race.

“My swim went well and I immediately followed the Italian, who was the favourite. The bike was fast and tough, and by the last lap of the course the GB support was essential for me to chase down the Italian going on to the run.

Suffering heat and exhaustion, I pushed on through the Alanya streets trying to catch up with the lead athlete.

“It wasn’t quite enough but I was pleased to secure a well deserved silver medal.”

The married father-of-two, who also works as a health and safety coordinator for a Sheffield construction firm, was told he might not walk again following the accident that left him wheelchair bound with permanent muscle and nerve damage, but through hours of determination and years of rehabilitation and training, has overcome his injuries.

Lynwen Harrison, Co Director of ‘NouriSH me now,’ who sponsor Steve and provide recovery drinks for training and competitions, said: “I am thrilled for Steve. To get silver in such difficult and hot race conditions was awesome.”