Switzerland's Nicola Spirig powering her way to victory today at the London Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series. After exiting the water behind the leaders, Spirig pulled herself into the front group on the bike and then tagging at the front of the run, bolted away in the last 200 metres from Sweden's Lisa Norden to take her first Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series win. ling out of the race.
Kate Mcilroy placed 12th today.
She is a former world mountain running champion so it will be interesting to follow her progress.
Spirig's finish time of 1 hour 54 minutes and 24 seconds was just two seconds ahead of Norden. Only three seconds back from these two was home country favourite and current world champion Helen Jenkins in third.
It has been an absolutely amazing year for me, I don't really know what to say, I am very very happy, commented the 27-year old law student Spirig. I knew that Lisa Norden is a very good sprinter, and I didn't know about Helen [Jenkins] so I tried to break away early but they were just too strong so I just had to wait until the finish and see. I guess I was fast enough!
Gold Nicola Spirig (SUI) 01:54:24
Silver Lisa Norden (SWE) 01:54:26 +:02
Bronze Helen Jenkins (GBR) 01:54:29 +:05
4th Elizabeth May (LUX) 01:54:38 +:14
5th Anja Dittmer (GER) 01:54:55 +:31
6th Daniela Ryf (SUI) 01:54:57 +:33
7th Ricarda Lisk (GER) 01:55:00 +:36
8th Debbie Tanner (NZL) 01:55:05 +:41
9th Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 01:55:07 +:43
10th Sarah Groff (USA) 01:55:16 +:52
London's Big Ben and parliament which is not far from Hyde Park where the above triathlon was held.