Melissa Reid wins paratriathlon world title

By Phil HarlowBBC South West Sport
Melissa Reid with her guide

Cornwall's Melissa Reid won her second world title of the week on Friday as she took victory in the Tri-6 category at the World Paratriathlon Championships.

Reid beat her main rival Susanna Rodriguez of Spain into second place, finishing in a time of one hour, 13 minutes and 24 seconds.

Britain's Charlotte Ellis took bronze.

Reid has enjoyed a breathtaking 2013, with the British and European titles already wrapped up this season in the Tri-6 classification for visually impaired athletes.

She had planned her season around peaking for the World Championships and made good on that strategy with a strong performance across all three disciplines.

Reid, a member of the Gyllyngvase Life Saving and Triathlon Club in Falmouth, led after the swim and although Rodriguez clawed back some time on the bike ride, a powerful run was more than enough to clinch a dominant victory.

Reid was one of several Cornish triathletes competing in London, with her 16-year-old sister Courtney-Lee, Lowenna Hawkey and Kieran Townsend competing in the 16-19 age-group race and Rebecca Walters in the 20-24 age category.

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