Learmonth leads the way for Brits with bronze at World Triathlon Grand Final

Learmonth leads the way for Brits with bronze at World Triathlon Grand Final
By Sportsbeat

16/09/2017 at 21:12Updated

Jessica Learmonth continued to enhance her international reputation as she finished third in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Rotterdam.

Following on from her first ever World Triathlon series podium in Stockholm last month where she secured silver, Learmonth was once again among the medals at the season finale on Saturday.

She led after the swim and was joined by Flora Duffy of Bermuda and the USA's Katie Zaferes in a breakaway group on the bike before Duffy raced clear on the 10km run.

The move saw her successfully defend her World title in style, followed by Zaferes while Learmonth staved off a calf injury to come home third in 2:00.57.

That was enough to see her finish sixth overall in the standings with the Brit quick to praise the efforts of eighth-placed finisher and teammate Jodie Stimpson who aided her during the race.

Learmonth said: "After Stockholm I didn't think I could top it. I know third is worse than second but this is the Grand Final.

"It couldn't have gone better with getting in the break and away with Katie Zaferes and Flora Duffy, and then I've got to mention Jodie because it was team tactics, and she helped us to get a gap. It all worked out in the end."

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