TAMESIDE can now claim an Olympic Gold medal after Georgia Taylor-Brown added one to her silver.
The triathlete formed part of Great Britain’s winning quartet in this morning’s (Sat, July 31) first ever mixed relay with Jessica Learmonth, Jonny Brownlee and Alex Yee.
After scooping second place in the individual competition, the former Ashton Sixth Form College student and Fairfield High School pupil gave her team a 23-second advantage on the third leg.
And Georgia, who now lives in Leeds, admitted her earlier success did not weigh on her mind, while admitting seeing Brownlee and brother Alastair was an inspiration.
She said: “I don’t think the silver medal added any pressure. I was just really excited.
“We were definitely ready for it. I was just happy to be back at the race site and ready to go.
“I just tried to not panic. Jonny gave me such a big lead, I knew I had a bit of time just to chill out and not stress too much about it because that’s when things can go very wrong.
“I just wanted a comfortable win and be safe on the bike. I knew I needed to give everything I could in that last run to create as much of a gap as I could for little Yee boy.
“It’s the first mixed team relay in the Olympics and we’ve got gold. We couldn’t have asked for anything better.
“Jonny and Alastair have been a massive inspiration. You just want to be up there when you see Jonny and Alastair up at the front.” Great Britain won with a time of 1:23:41 as each athlete had to complete a 300 metre swim, a 6.7km bike ride and a two kilometre run.
Now after sealing her place in Tameside’s sporting history, Georgia hopes to get a younger generation interested in triathlon.
The 27-year-old added: “We all want to inspire. Hopefully we can do that for the next generation.”