Leeds takes centre stage once again
LEEDS is quickly gaining a reputation for not only staging world-class sporting events, but having its own athletes contribute to them.
In the past month the city has hosted a world title boxing fight that saw Leeds’s Josh Warrington and Nicola Adams sparkle.
Last week a clutch of Yorkshire cricketers helped England see off Pakistan at Headingley inside three days of the second Test.
And more recently England’s footballers – complete with a smattering of White Rose players – ensured a winning end to their preparations for the World Cup with a victory over Costa Rica at Elland Road.
Once again the city showed it knows how to put on a show with swathes of supporters lining the route for this year’s ITU World Triathlon Leeds.
Thousands of spectators bunched together in the city centre for the third staging of this event, which continues to grow and capture the imagination of the Leeds public.
Home favourite Jess Learmonth, who placed eighth, said: “I definitely think this year’s crowd topped last year.
“The weather obviously helps, but it was an unbelievable crowd from start to finish and they spurred me on.”
Organisers estimated between 80,000 to 100,000 turned out across the entire route.