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Posted: August 15, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Triathlon: Jenkins third as Spirig takes top honours in women's race

Helen Jenkins, the defending world champion from Britain, was edged out into bronze medal place in a dramatic race to the line in today's Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championships Series in London's Hyde Park.

European Champion Nicola Spirig secured victory at the event beating second-placed Lisa Norden from Sweden and Jenkins, who had earlier led for much of the run phase, in a thrilling final sprint finish.

"It's brilliant to have all the support [from the crowd] when you're running through and when me and Jodie Stimpson are both running together at the front", said Jenkins. "It was great to have two British triathletes up there for the first bit of the run. A finish on the podium in front of the home crowd is just great."

"I'm very very happy", said Spirig of her victory. "I was at university until June so the Holten ETU European Championship in July was my first big race, and Kitzbuehel was the first event of the Series that I did".

Spirig secured the top place in the final metres of the race despite a difficult cycle leg which saw her close a 42 second gap coming out of the swim to join the lead pack of riders.

"I had to chase down the pack on the bike so I was worried that I'd done too much. After the first lap of the run I started to feel quite good but I knew Lisa [Norden] was a good sprinter. I tried to get away from them about 500m from the end but they were too strong."

The three women were neck-and-neck going into the final straight but Norden admitted she did not have anything left to hold off Spirig's sprint finish.

"In the final straight my legs seized up. I tried to push a bit extra but there was nothing there", said Norden.

Indeed Norden's result belied a few difficulties during the race. "I didn't feel great in the swim but I came out in a good position which was surprising. On the second lap of the bike I thought I was in real trouble because the bike felt funny. But by the third lap it had sorted itself out. I expected it would come down to the run."

2004 World U23 Champion Annabel Luxford of Australia took an early lead in the race, completing the 1500m swim course in 19 minutes and 30 seconds and securing a five second lead over Jenkins. Spaniard Ainhoa Murua followed close on the Briton's heels in third.

After a close bike ride which saw a group of 31 athletes finishing the cycle leg in close succession, Britain's Jenkins and Jodie Stimpson, Norden, Spirig, and New Zealand's Debbie Tanner broke away from the rest of the field early on in the run. In the final lap Spirig, Norden and Jenkins moved away from the others to sprint for the line.

British competitors featured strongly in the event. Stimpson led the run for much of the 10k course while Essex-born Jodie Swallow led the group of approximately twenty riders on several occasions during the 40k cycle. The exertion took its toll on Swallow, however, and going into the run she had fallen to 30th overall.

With two laps of the cycle to go, Ireland's Eileen Morrison took a tumble which forced her to withdraw from the race. The accident also brought down several other riders including Denmark's Helle Frederiksen and Czech, Radka Vodickova. Harrison pulled out during the run

Also amongst those who did not complete the race were Vanessa Fernandes, 2008 Olympic silver medallist, of Portugal who could not recover from a below-par swim.

The elite men's race will start at 1.15pm, and the Paratriathlon will start at 4.30pm.

The triathlon at Hyde Park is one of three big events taking place in London over this weekend in Olympic sports. Crystal Palace hosts the modern pentathlon world championships (13-17th) and the O2 Arena hosts a men's basketball international tournament (14-16th). All three have benefited from support through the Events for London team which is part of the capital's major events strategy to attract, develop and deliver major sporting and cultural events. Events for London is one of the first legacies of the London 2012 and Paralympic Games.

Top 10 Results
Position Surname First Name Country Total Time
1 Spirig Nicola SUI 01:54:24
2 Norden Lisa SWE 01:54:26
3 Jenkins Helen GBR 01:54:29
4 May Elizabeth LUX 01:54:38
5 Dittmer Anja GER 01:54:55
6 Ryf Daniela SUI 01:54:57
7 Lisk Ricarda GER 01:55:00
8 Tanner Debbie NZL 01:55:05
9 Hewitt Andrea NZL 01:55:07
10 Groff Sarah USA 01:55:16

For start lists, previous results, previous race footage and background biographies visit:

For entry information and other London-specific details visit:

For information about the sport in Britain visit:

GB Entry for London
(Dextro Energy ITU World Championships Series ranking as at 24 July in brackets)

Alistair Brownlee (1);  23 April, 1988, Lives: Leeds; From: Leeds
Will Clarke (10) 31 January 1985,  Lives: Loughborough: From: Cambridge
Tim Don (21) 14 January 1978;  Lives: Loughborough; From: London
Olly Freeman (33) 11 January, 1986:  Lives:  Eastbourne; From: Eastbourne
Stuart Hayes (44)  16 April, 1979; Lives:  Loughborough; From: London
Jonny Brownlee (43)  30 April, 1990;  Lives: Leeds; From:  Leeds
David McNamee (52) 20 April, 1988;  Lives:  Stirling, Scotland
 Helen Jenkins (5): 8 March, 1984;  Lives:  Bridgend, Wales; From:  Elgin, Scotland
Liz Blatchford (29) 5 February 1980;  Lives: Gold Coast, Australia;  From: Manchester 
Hollie Avil (45) 12 April 1990;  Lives:  Bugbrooke, Northants;  From: Northampton 
Jodie Stimpson (n/a):  8 February 1989;  Lives and From:  Oldbury, W. Midlands
Kerry Lang (42) 24 January 1976;  Lives and From: Glasgow
Jodie Swallow (49) 23 June 1981;  Lives Loughborough; From:  Havering, Essex

Racing Timetable
Saturday 15 August
10.00 Elite Race, Women; 13.15 Elite Race, Men; 16.30: Paratriathlon Race
Sunday 16 August
08.00 Youth Male Race (14-15 yrs); 08.02Youth Female Race (14-15 yrs); 08.30 Junior Male Race (16-19 yrs); 08.32 Junior Female Race (16-19 yrs); 09.00 First wave of Age Group Races starts

The Dextro Energy World Championships Series: Venues and Dates
Tongyeong, Korea, 3 May; Madrid, Spain, 31 May; Washington, DC, 21 June; Kitzbuehel, Austria, 12 July; Hamburg, Germany, 26 July; London, Britain, 15 August; Yokohama, Japan, 23 August; Gold Coast, Australia, 13 September.

Upsolut Sports, promoters and organisers of the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship London is headquartered in Hamburg and is the leading organiser of endurance sports events in Germany. Upsolut specialises in the development, hosting and organisation of professional as well as amateur endurance events, i.e. cycling and triathlon. The company organises some of the world's largest events of its kind including the Vattenfall Cyclassics, Skoda Velothon Berlin and the Dextro Energy Triathlon in Hamburg which in total host more than 45,000 participants. For more information visit:

The International Triathlon Union is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon and all related MultiSport disciplines: Duathlon, Aquathlon and Winter Triathlon. ITU was founded in 1989 at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France and has maintained its headquarters in Vancouver, Canada since then. It now has over 120 affiliated National Federations around the world and is the youngest International Federation in the Olympics. Triathlon was awarded Olympic status in 1994. ITU is proudly committed to supporting the development of the sport worldwide through strong relationships with Continental and National Federations, working with its partners to offer a balanced Sport Development programme from grassroots to a high-performance level. For more information, visit:

British Triathlon
British Triathlon is the National Governing Body for Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon in Great Britain, responsible for leading growth and performance of the sport and overarching British matters including relationships with the International Federation, the International Triathlon Union (ITU). Triathlon is a sport that is inclusive, empowering and life changing. A dynamic, attractive and exciting sport from youth to senior and Olympic level. Triathlon also provides opportunities for paratriathletes and age group participation. British Triathlon aims to promote excellence in our sport, and create opportunities for everyone to achieve their personal triathlon challenges. For more information visit:

Visit London
Visit London is the official visitor organisation for London, working in partnership with the Mayor of London, the London Development Agency and the commercial sector. Visit London promotes the UK capital internationally, across Britain and to Londoners targeting leisure and business visitors. Visit London incorporates the Events for London team which is part of the capital's major events strategy to attract, develop and deliver major sporting and cultural events. Events for London is one of the first legacies of the London 2012 and Paralympic Games. For broadcast-standard video of London, please visit:

UK Sport
The Dextro Energy Triathlon World Championship London elite races have been part funded by UK Sport's National Lottery-funded World Class Events Programme, which working in partnership with national governing bodies, cities & regions and home country agencies aims to secure elite sporting events of strategic importance that deliver a range of lasting benefits to the UK. These include economic, social and cultural benefits as well as improving sporting performance by home athletes, encouraging participation and leaving a legacy of facilities and development initiatives. For more information, visit:

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