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Jenkins excited but being careful ahead of triathlon return

March 20, 2014 11:04 am

Helen Jenkins will race for the first time since the London 2012 Olympics Games in New Zealand this weekend but she’s not getting ahead of herself as she prepares for her comeback.

Two-time individual world champion Jenkins finished fifth in the women’s triathlon at London 2012 but hasn’t competed since as she battled back from a knee injury.

However the 30-year-old is set to return in New Zealand for the second leg of the ITU Triathlon World Cup in New Plymouth and where she’ll be in familiar company.

London 2012 teammates Vicky Holland and Lucy Hall are both set to race as is Jodie Stimpson, who finished as runner-up behind fellow Brit Non Stanford in last year’s World Series.

Although Jenkins, who won the women’s triathlon world title in 2008 and 2011, is determined to keep her emotions in check in the land of the long white cloud.

She said: “It's been a long time since I stood on a start line so I'm looking forward to this. It will be good to get the first race done and experience all of the nerves and all of the excitement. I'll see how this one goes look forward to building on whatever performance I get."

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