Vegan athlete Lisa Gawthorne just won a bronze medal at the World Triathlon Multisport Championships.
Gawthorne took part in the sprint duathlon event, which, like the rest of the championships, took place in Romania. In temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius, she ran for 5.7 kilometers, before cycling for 20 kilometers. She finished up with a 2.5-kilometer run.
After years of training, Gawthorne said she was “delighted” to have made the “world podium.”
As well as a passionate athlete, Gawthorne is also dedicated to veganism. “I live and breathe veganism,” she told In Your Area. “I really love spreading the positive message that veganism has for health, fitness, the animals, and the planet.”
Athletic success on a plant-based diet
Gawthorne is one of many successful vegan athletes proving to the world that a meat diet is not necessary for optimal performance.
Earlier this year, vegan powerlifter Sophia Ellis broke six national records at the British Women’s Classic Championships. She lifted the heaviest deadlift by a woman in British history.
Ellis told Plant Based News that her diet was a “huge part of recovery.”
She added: “Being vegan has definitely helped me to optimize this alongside keeping training consistent, staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, and managing stress levels, etc.”
Last year, vegan world champion triathlete Kate Strong achieved the record for traveling the furthest distance on a static bike in 24 hours.
The athlete previously told Plant Based News: “I’m constantly striving to redefine what society tells us is possible. Through these world record attempts, I want to demonstrate what you can do if you put your mind to it.”
Famous plant-based athletes include Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, Grand Slam star Venus Williams, former bodybuilder Patrik Baboumian, and Olympic footballer Alex Morgan.