Jenkins hoping crowd push her to gold

03 August 2012 / 13:59

Helen Jenkins is hoping similar crowds to the ones that roared Bradley Wiggins on to Olympic gold on Wednesday will help her stand on top of the triathlon podium in Hyde Park on Saturday morning.

Triathlon is one of the few events that is mainly non-ticketed and hundreds of thousands of people are expected to line the route to cheer on the British team. The road cycling events have shown how much the British public are behind the Olympics, with Wiggins, Chris Froome and Lizzie Armitstead all cheered on to medals.

Jenkins said: "It's unbelievable to see how many people have been supporting.

"This being a free event and to think we could have the same support, it's exciting but I don't think we're going to know what it's going to be like until we're actually out there. A lot of the athletes say that support really pushed them on so obviously I'm hoping that happens for me."

Hopes of Jenkins following suit are more than just that, with the 27-year-old from Bridgend going into the race as the reigning world champion and a dominant winner of the test event in Hyde Park 12 months ago.

That took Jenkins from consistent medallist to one of the favourites for gold, and she has only cemented that status this season with a second place in the World Triathlon Series race in Sydney and then a victory in San Diego she rates as her best race.

That was in May and Jenkins has been training hard since at her base in Bridgend, latterly with team-mates Vicky Holland and Lucy Hall, who will help her in her bid for Olympic glory.

The trio only arrived in London two days ago and are staying near Hyde Park rather than in the Olympic Village ahead of the race. Jenkins is happy to wait to catch Olympic fever, saying: "It's pretty calm and I'm enjoying that, it's not too hyped up.

"The Olympics is so exciting and as an athlete it's something that you've thought about, dreamt about and worked towards for such a long time, you want to enjoy every minute of it.

"It is easy to get carried away but for us the focus is very much the race and we can enjoy the whole Olympic experience after that."