JIMMY Lund did himself proud on the World Cup stage in Rome last Saturday.

The Keighley triathlete was making his debut in the prestigious competition, having qualified with a couple of podium finishes at marquee British events.

He expected to come up against a strong field and was pleased to come 20th overall.

That meant he placed higher than top British rivals like Connor Bentley, the Under-23 World Champion in 2022, and Barclay Izzard, who has competed at this level and higher (in the World Series) on multiple occasions.

He told the Keighley News: “For me, that was a solid performance in that field, especially with beating two very capable Brits.

“I’ve learnt lots for next year from the experience, and hopefully I can get closer to the podium positions in the upcoming World Cup events.”

As Lund confirmed, the next World Cup events will not be held until 2024, with his season coming to a close with back-to-back weekends in Turkey for the final European Cups of the year.

The Keighley man will be competing in Alanya on Sunday, before returning to action in Yenisehir seven days later.