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Irish tri-athlete Aileen Reid climbs to sixth in world rankings as Olympics bid continues


Aileen Reid

Aileen Reid

Aileen Reid

Aileen Reid has climbed to sixth in the world rankings with a stunning fourth place finish in the recent London World Triathlon Series.

Reid will now turn her attention to the Baku European Games on June 13, with automation Rio Olympic Qualification on offer to the winner.

"I'm really pleased, it's finally coming together for me," said Reid.

"Unfortunately I missed that front pack after the swim but I had a really great run, I didn't think I was going to run that fast.

"I really feel like I want to be in the top 10 in the world and these last three performances are what I've really been pushing for."

The USA claimed a second consecutive clean sweep of the podium with the dominant Gwen Jorgenson notching a 10th World Series win.

Derry native Reid emerged from the 750m swim in 17th, leaving her in the chasing bike pack through 20k of twists and turns on greasy Hyde Park roads.

Once into her stride on the 5k run, Reid continued to move through the field, clocking the second fastest run to finish just outside the podium positions in fourth place in a time of 56:25.

Belfast Telegraph