Britain's Liz Blatchford stepped up a gear on the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championships Series in Yokohama, Japan, earlier today with a fourth-placed finish behind race winner Lisa Norden of Sweden.
Originally from Manchester but now living on the Gold Coast, Blatchford set up her result with a great swim and stayed with the leaders in the bike and run phases despite soaring temperatures and 100% humidity.
Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand was second and local favourite, Juri Ide of Japan, was third. Blatchford was just 0.27 off a bronze, finishing in 1:56.23.
Britain's Jodie Swallow also raced today and finished 20th in 2:01.10. Both women now make the trip to Australia for next month's Grand Final on the Gold Coast.
Javier Gomez of Spain, the reigning world champion, races in tomorrow's Elite Men’s event in Yokohama. He is on the hunt for points in pursuit of current world no.1 Alistair Brownlee of Britain before the Grand Final. Brownlee has won all four of the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championships Series events that he has entered so far, including last weekend's successful event in Hyde Park, London.
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GB ENTRANTS AT YOKOHAMA
Includes date of birth, current residence and home town.
Liz Blatchford: 5 February 1980; Lives: Gold Coast, Australia; From: Manchester
Jodie Swallow: 23 June 1981; Lives Loughborough; From: Havering, Essex
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.
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