Aileen finishes sixth in Yokohama

Aileen Reid finished sixth in Japanese race.
Aileen Reid finished sixth in Japanese race.

Derry triathlete Aileen Reid moved up into seventh place in the World Triathlon Series rankings following an excellent sixth place finish in Saturday morning’s Yokohama race.

The Culmore girl had a front pack swim and bike and posted a 34:44 10km run through Yamashita Park to finish well inside the top 10 in an overall time of 1:59:22.

Commenting on her success on Twitter, Aileen said she was happy with the result: “Sixth in #WTSYokohama [sic]☔️ great race & great result. Happy to b [sic] up to 7th in WTS standings.”

The USA’s Gwen Jorgensen extended her undefeated streak in claiming her ninth consecutive win. Crossing the line with a lead of over one minute, the win for Jorgensen also marks her third-straight victory in Yokohama and catapulted her back to the number one position in the Columbia Threadneedle Rankings.

Taking the silver medal was Ashleigh Gentle (AUS), who posted the best performance of her career in earning her first WTS podium while fellow Australian Emma Moffatt also joined her on the podium. when she took bronze to earn her first medal since the 2013 WTS Grand Final in London.

Choppy waters greeted the women elites as they started out the Japanese race that marked the halfway point of the 2015 World Triathlon Series. With wetsuits required at a water temperature of 19 degrees Celsius, it was USA’s Summer Cook, Japan’s Yuka Sato and Spain’s Carolina Routier who dominated in the choppy swim and led into transition.

While an early lead group of 22 formed early on the bike, which included the likes of Jorgensen, Cook, Sato, Andrea Hewitt (NZL) and Claudia Rivas (MEX), the gap to the chasers was short lived.

The wet conditions saw riders focusing on remaining strategic instead of fast on the nine-lap course since each lap contained over 20 corners that could have caused crashes if the athletes were not careful. The lead bunch soon doubled in size and eventually increased to over 40 athletes as the chasers caught up and closed the gap with two laps to go before the run.

The large bike group caused a lot of congestion in the second transition that saw a pack of runners join together to head out on the run. However it did not take long for Jorgensen to bust out her signature move, breaking away from the rest and easing into a solo run that carried her well into the finish line with time to spare.

Gentle also capitalised on a breakaway performance in the second lap of the run that positioned herself into the second-place spot. While the battle for the bronze seemed to be up for grabs for awhile between the likes of Moffat, Non Stanford (GBR), Renee Tomlin (USA) and Hewitt, Moffatt pulled away in the last lap to secure the medal and give Australia two spots on the podium.