Derry’s Olympic triathlete, Aileen Reid’s fortunes are on the rise as she claimed 7th place at the Gold Coast World Triathlon Series in Australia at the weekend.
The third round of the series was to be raced over the Olympic distance with a 1,500 metre swim to start, followed by 40 kilometres of biking and a 10 kilometre run to finish.
The early pace was set by Jessica Learmonth of Great Britain who completed the swim course in 19:21. Hot on her heels was the world No. 1, Gwen Jorgenson, just four seconds in arrears.
Former City of Derry Spartans athlete, Reid was just 14 seconds off the pace at this stage and posted a quick first transition.
The early swim leaders managed to form a mini breakaway on the bike and pushed on to secure an advantage of almost one minute by the end of the second discipline.
Jorgenson would go on to claim her eighth straight World Series victory, a record which looks set to stand the test of time.
From the main pack Reid was leading the chase, picking off all but four of the early breakaway athletes. The Culmore Road girl’s 35:07 run split, after a tough swim and bike saw her home in 7th place overall.
The result see’s Reid move up to 10th in the world rankings with seven races remaining.
The Derry triathlete will sit out the next round in Cape Town, but will return for Yokohama in mid-May.
She will return home for a break this week after 13 weeks on the road training and competing.
Reid, who was eighth in last year’s World Series standings, is comfortably holding onto an Olympic qualifying spot for Rio 2016.
Reid was 15th in the second 2015 World Series event in Auckland, improving from her 24th place in the first round of the series in Abu Dhabi.