Derry triathlete, Aileen Reid’s hopes of a podium finish in the Women’s Triathlon at the Commonwealth Games were dashed as she finished in a credible sixth place after a gruelling race at Strathclyde Country Park in the outskirts of Glasgow this afternoon.
The Culmore Road native was hoping to set the standard for her N. Ireland teammates with the first medal in Day One of 20th Commonwealth Games and she looked in a promising position right up until the second lap of the final leg of the race.
The 32-year-old, who is competing in the Commonwealth Games for the first time in her career, then fell off the pace and finished in sixth place, 50 seconds behind eventual winner, Jodie Stimpson of England.
The former City of Derry Spartan was fourth after the swim and sixth after the 40k cycle and approached the final transition in sixth place.
After the first of three laps of the 10k run, Reid was in the leading pack, just 0.01 seconds behind leader, Emma Jackson of Australia.
However, Reid dropped slightly behind the leading pack during the second lap, but was still very much in contention in the soaring heat.
And with one lap to go, Reid found herself with plenty of work to do, 0.05 seconds off the leader, Kirsten Sweetland of Canada.
The front three triathletes, England’s Jodie Stimpson and Vicky Holland and Canada’s Sweetland broke away and finished strongly, leaving the chasing pack in their wake. And Stimpson went on to take gold in 1:58.56 while Sweetland took silver and Holland bronze.
Reid was hoping to show she is back to her best after a frustrating early season back injury was ready to do herself justice after a disappointing Olympics when she finished 43rd.
It was an impressive display and she will be disappointed with sixth position.
Aileen goes again in the Mixed team relay event on Sunday.