Derry triathlete Aileen Reid was delighted to produce her best finish of the 2015 World Series as she took fourth place in London on Sunday.
Climbing to sixth in the world rankings following Sunday’s stunning result, the Culmore native finished 40 seconds behind race winner, USA’s Gwen Jorgensen who notched up a 10th world series victory.
In fact USA claimed a clean sweep of the podium places with Katie Zaferes (00:56:06) and Sarah True (00:56:07) finishing second and third respectively while Reid crossed the line in 00:56:25.
Reid, who finished sixth in the Yokohama race earlier this month was thrilled to secure fourth place after battling with England’s Vicky Holland (5th) during the run and right up to the finish line.
“I want to be in the top 10 in the world and these last three performances have been the ones I’ve been really pushing for, so I’m really pleased it’s finally coming together for me,” said Reid.
“We were all prepared for the rain so I was really glad it was dry. I had a really great run. I didn’t think I was going to run that fast so I was really pleased to stay with Vicky (Holland) and then over-take her on the second lap.
“I felt really strong so I’m really pleased. Coming into the second lap I felt really controlled and I was able to push on a bit.”
Reid emerged from the 750 metre swim in 17th position leaving her in the chasing bike pack. Through 20 kilometres of twists and turns on greasy Hyde Park roads they could not reel in the leading seven athletes ahead.
Once into her stride on the final 5 kilometre run, Reid was clearly in good form and continued to move through the field, clocking the second fastest run to finish just outside the podium positions in 4th place.
Reid will now turn her attention to the Baku European Games on June 13th, with automatic Rio Olympic qualification on offer to the winner.