Saturday 18 November 2017

Reid joy as sprint finish grabs first World Series silver

Athletics Cliona Foley

AILEEN Reid (nee Morrison) clinched Ireland's best ever finish in international triathlon when she took silver in the final event of the World Triathlon Series in London.

On the same course where she took such a costly tumble in last summer's Olympics, Reid was 10th out of the water after the 1500m swim and quickly joined the leading group on the cycle. At the second transition the Derry woman was in 16th place but by the end of the first lap of the run she was heading a group of six as they chased down the leading pair, Britain's Non Stanford and America's Sarah Groff.

Stanford went on to win in 2:01.32 despite picking up a 15-second penalty, but behind her a brilliant finish unfolded as Groff faded badly, Australia's Emma Moffatt bridged the gap and looked set to take silver and Reid and her British training partner Jodie Stimpson stayed with her. All Reid's persistence paid off when she pulled out a brilliant sprint finish in the final 50 metres to overtake Moffatt and take silver in 2:01.57.

"I was running with Jodie and Moffy and I just thought, how am I staying here?" she revealed. "I felt good and saw I got a wee bit of a gap on Jodie so I just pushed more and more to see if I could get a medal. I'm totally delighted with second place."

Reid has made a world series podium but this was her best result after a season in which she made the top 10 twice and had two 12ths.

"I've been consistent all year but that result was the icing on the cake," she said. The result also moved her up to eighth in the World Triathlon Series, a jump from 17th last year.

Cork's Bryan Keane finished 27th in yesterday's elite men's race in London which left him in 32nd in the series rankings.

Irish Independent

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