Jenkins takes silver at World Triathlon Series in Chicago

28 June 2014 / 22:54

Former world champion Helen Jenkins claimed her third podium of the season with a storming silver at the ITU World Triathlon Series in Chicago.

American Gwen Jorgensen ran herself into the history books as the first women to win six world series titles, while Japan's Juri Ide completed the podium.

Jenkins's performance moves her up to second in the season rankings whilst Jorgensen, the pre-race home favourite, extended her lead.

The choppy, non-wetsuit swim separated the athletes out and Jenkins got into a lead group without Jorgensen. By the start of the run she had a minute advantage over the American, but it proved not to be enough when Jorgensen took the lead on the fourth and final lap. 

“I knew she [Jorgensen] was catching and because it was so hot and humid, and I’m not great in the humidity, I was really was just trying to keep myself together keep myself in one piece," said Jenkins, whose next target is gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

"I couldn’t afford to back down because I knew Gwen was coming. It’s a really tough course. I had a good swim, it was so choppy but it was great fun."

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