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Button beats Smith in Triathlon.

British F1 star Jenson Button and 125 motorcycle grand prix star Bradley Smith were separated by less than seven minutes at the end of Sunday's Mazda London Triathlon.

The motorsport pairing exchanged some pre- and post-race banter, but it was Button who finished as the narrow victor after both put in impressive performances.

The 29-year-old F1 world championship leader recorded a personal best time of 2 hours 7 minutes and 2 seconds over the Olympic distance (1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run).

18-year-old Smith, who stepped in to challenge Button after Lewis Hamilton backed out of the contest, recorded a total time of 2 hours 13 minutes and 36 seconds.

Of Smith, Button commented: "He did very well, he's a fit lad and so am I and it's great to show that at events like this. Our performance demonstrates that we do have to train hard to be an F1 driver or a MotoGP rider and that when we aren't racing, we aren't just at home sitting around and that we do have to be very fit in order to race at our level."

The fastest time was set by Will Clarke, who won the Male Elite class in 1 hour 44 minutes and 29 seconds.

In total, nearly 10,000 competitors took part in the event.

Starting and finishing at London's ExCeL, the course spanned some of the city's most renowned landmarks including the London Eye, Big Ben, and Tower Bridge.

Over £3 million was raised for charity with over 55,000 spectators cheering on the competitors.



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Jon M - Unregistered

August 04, 2009 1:21 PM

Fabulous performance by both men. There is so much money involved with F1 that shaving every tenth really does count, so driver fitness is paramount. What I want to know, is where are the other 'sportsmen'? Footballers, cricketers, golfers, tennis players etc etc.. Poor Bradley is paid a fraction of what these guys get, but has just proved the effort he puts in.

I love the RAIN not

August 04, 2009 12:45 PM
Last Edited 2683 days ago

I always go for Motogp over F1 any day but in this event F1 come out on top Button was in the 25-29 age group and came 2nd with a time of 2h 7m 25s Smith was in the 17-24 age group and come 7th with a time of 2h 13m 36s 25-29 age group winners time 2h 4m 28s 17-24 age group winners time 2h 1m 53s Both time from Button and Smith were very good and both the time between them were very close considering this was a Triathlon and there are not specialist at these events which was over 2h long well done lads. Hamilton pulled out coz he know that he was going to be beaten by both lads. So he wnt of to India to promot F1 or play cricket coz they were the photo I saw in the paper.



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