Udo's Choice fan Helen Jenkins, Britain's number 1 female triathlete was vying to win on home soil and climb up the world rankings to challenge the leaders.
68 women dived into the Serpentine to swim the 1500 metre first leg of this increasingly popular spectator sport. American Laura Bennett came out of the water first after just over 19 minutes with Emma Moffatt and Andrea Hewitt, ranked 1 and 2 in the World Championship series just behind her.
The bike leg saw Helen come through to the leaders and upon starting the run Helen, Hewitt, Swiss Nicola Spirig and Paula Findlay from Canada led. Helen started to push hard on the run leading from the front for much of it, stretching the field with only these three athletes keeping up with her. On the last of the 3 laps of the Hyde Park course the Canadian took the lead and pushed on, opening a gap between her and the other three. The Canadian ended the race comfortably in the lead whilst Helen, Hewitt and Spirig battled for 2nd poistion. Nicola Spirig who is one of the strongest sprint finishers on the circuit pulled away from Helen in the last 250 metres but Helen held off Andrea Hewitt in the final metres to secure third place. Helen also came third last year at this event and it is her third 3rd place of this season.
Speaking to Helen afterwards she told us she was really pleased and was hoping her consistency would pay off in the final points tally at the end of the season. "It was a hard race and very fast paced and i'm pleased with my performance. If I can do well in Kitzbuhl in 3 weeks time then I can remove the result from the first race of the season where i finished 15th." The points system takes into account the best 4 races of the season so allowing Helen to remove the Sydney result from her points card if her result in Kitzbuhl is better.
Helen currently stands 6th overall in the World Championship series and a good result in the final two races could see her push for one of the top 3 positions to improve on her 5th place overall last season.
Well done to Helen and good luck in Kitzbuhl. We will post a report of her race in 3 weeks time.