London 2012 - Jenkins claims world triathlon crown

Sun, 11 Sep 14:08:00 2011

Helen Jenkins won the ITU Triathlon world title after securing a second place finish to New Zealand's Andrea Hewitt at the World Championship Grand Final in Beijing.

Helen Jenkins (Pic: Delly Carr, ITU) - 0

Second place was enough to secure the title for Jenkins and underline Britain's dominance in the sport following Alistair Brownlee's win on Saturday.

The Great Britain Triathlon Team made a strong start with Kerry Lang, Helen Jenkins and Liz Blatchford dominating the swim.

Vicky Holland then got herself into the lead pack of fifteen strong cyclists that got away, with Jenkins and Blatchford in particular riding well on the hilly 2008 Olympic course.

Jenkins was slower through the second transition than most of the rest of the front group, but she soon established a lead with Hewitt in the run.

Cresting the final hill into the finish area, Jenkins and Hewitt were locked together, but it was the New Zealander who had more in her legs for the final sprint.

Yet Jenkins was not disappointed to have crowned her glorious season with victory.

"I'm so pleased just to win the world champs again, it's amazing!" said the 2008 world champion.

"It would have been awesome to take the win here, but, at the end but I just didn't have it in me.

"Because we had such a big gap I just thought 'keep it steady and hopefully I'll have something left at the end', but Andrea really just had a big kick at the end. I couldn't hang on to her."


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