Aileen Reid produced a strong finish to the fourth World Series Triathlon of the year in Madrid at the weekend.
The Culmore Road triathlete crossed the line in 12th place after a gruelling 1,500m swim, 40km cycle and 10km run over what is recognised as one of the toughest courses on the circuit.
Reid, who recorded her best result in this race a year ago when she took silver, produced a strong swim and came through the first transition in the third group as they set off on eight laps on the bike around the Casa de Campo.
It wasn’t long until Reid joined up with the large second group and they gradually chased down the two leaders Sarah Groff (USA) and Nicky Samuels (NZ).
Reid lost 10 seconds as she headed out on the run and found herself in 19th place.
She then came through strongly in the final kilometre to make up six places and by coming 12th the Derry Olympian moved up to 8th place in the overall world standings.
The Derry girl will miss the next World Triathlon Series race in Kitzbuhel and will be back in action in Hamburg in July.