Helen Jenkins secures World Triathlon title
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British triathlete Helen Jenkins won her second World Triathlon Championship after finishing runner-up in the season-ending Grand Final in Beijing.
Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand won the event and finished second overall, while American Sarah Groff was third in the last of the seven-race series.
It was a third second place in the series for Jenkins, who
Her victory comes a day after Alistair Brownlee
Jenkins made a quiet start to the series, finishing 33rd after a bike crash in the opening competition in Sydney, but claimed successive second places in the next two events.
After her London victory, a fourth place in Lausanne took her above Chile's Barbara Riveros Dias to the top of the rankings and ensured that a top-three finish in Beijing would be enough to secure the overall title.
Hewitt won only her second series race title with a time of one hour 58 minutes and 26 seconds, a second inside the time recorded by Emma Snowsill to win the 2008 Olympics in the same city.
Paula Findlay pulled out on the first lap of the bike race, while Riveros Dias faded to 44th after the run, which was dominated by Hewitt and Jenkins.
The pair broke away on the second lap and though Jenkins could not catch the New Zealander, the 27-year-old calmly finished in 1:58.40 and added the title to her victory in 2008, which was under her maiden name of Helen Tucker and when the champion was decided by a single race rather than a series.
"I'm so pleased just to win the world champs again, it's amazing!" she said.
Commenting on her second place finish in the race, she added: "It would have been awesome to take the win here, but, at the end but I just didn't have it in me.
"Because we had such a big gap I just thought 'keep it steady and hopefully I'll have something left at the end', but Andrea really just had a big kick at the end. I couldn't hang on to her."
The final race of the World Championships saw Gordon Benson finish 11th in the men's junior event. He and Marc Austin (27th) are both just 17 and have two more years as juniors.
British Triathlon's Olympic Programme Manager, Malcolm Brown summed up Britain's performance this weekend. He said: "There have been some outstanding individual performances, and even those who have been having a bad day have flogged themselves for every position. It's been an uplifting experience."
He added: "We have three world champions with Matt Sharp in the U23 and the two seniors. It's exactly the sort of position you'd want to be in going into an Olympic year."