Leeds takes cen­tre stage once again

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

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.

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