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Honda’s Button excels in British triathlon 18 Jun 2008

Jenson Button (GBR) Honda.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Turkish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Friday, 9 May 2008

Jenson Button’s new found interest in triathlons is set to continue after the Honda driver put in an impressive performance at the UK’s Nokia Royal Windsor Triathlon on Sunday. Button finished 117th out of 1700 competitors with a time of 2.22:43.

The annual Olympic-distance event comprised a 1500-metre swim in the River Thames, a 42-kilometre bike ride through the surrounding Berkshire villages and a 10-kilometre run through Windsor’s Great Park.

“I’m absolutely chuffed to bits,” said the 28 year-old on Honda’s official website. “I was hoping to break 2 hours 30 minutes so I am very happy with my result and really enjoyed it. It was a fantastic experience. I was in agony on the run after pushing hard on the bike, but the crowds were a great support.”

The British driver competed alongside his physio Mike Collier, who crossed the line in 201st place, with a time of 2.34:19. Button will now rest before facing the strenuous demands of this weekend’s French Grand Prix.