Triathlon star Nigel Gates smashed his personal best and beat the reigning world champion – but still finished second in the British Sprint Triathlon Championships 60-64 age group at the National Water Sports Centre.
His conqueror was Bob Novis of Brighton Phoenix, the 2007 World Champion on the comeback with the World Championships being held in London this year.
Novis clocked 1:05:01 at Nottingham, 37 seconds in front of Gates.
The Ringmer teacher said: “I had a personal best swim and good transition for me, so I was a bit over-excited getting on the bike.
“My shoe got caught and flew off along with the bike chain, so I lost time there.
“At least I know that I can do better in September now that qualification is in the bag.
“I beat Michael Dunne the current world champion for the first time, so I have to be pleased.
“I recovered well from that mishap and my 5k run was only 30 seconds slower than the 25 year old overall winner, so there is a lot going well.
“The shoe thing has never happened before so I will need to analyse what went wrong.”
Ironically, moving into the new 60 age group did not help Gates – who hails from East Hoathly – at all as he beat all of the 55-59 competitors.
But on the world level his main competitors may be his domestic rivals.
PICTURED: Nigel Gates with his silver medal, race bike – and the rogue shoe which caused him to lose vital time.