Jenkins shines in San Diego

12 May 2012 / 07:54

Great Britain's Helen Jenkins consolidated her position as favourite for gold at this summer's London Olympics with an impressive run to crush the field at the World Triathlon Series event in San Diego.

The 28-year-old and Australian Erin Densham led into the first lap of the 10-kilometres run after an eight-woman bike breakaway had established a two minutes 30 seconds advantage over the first chase group coming out of T2.

Densham pulled away on the second lap before Jenkins turned the tables to win in a time of one hour 58 minutes 21 seconds - over a minute ahead of Densham (1:59:26).

"It was just such a good race. We really had to work really hard for that," said Jenkins, whose victory secured her a second podium finish of 2012 after she clinched silver in Sydney behind Densham.

"I really pushed the swim and we really worked hard on the bike and that was hard all the way. I really enjoyed the run course. It was really cool. There was so many people out there supporting - it was awesome."

American Laura Bennett claimed third - her first series podium - and with it her second Olympics berth.