Hol­land’s hat-trick puts ti­tle in sight

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

TRIATHLON: Vicky Hol­land is within sight of a first world triathlon ti­tle af­ter win­ning her third World Series race of the sea­son in Mon­treal.

The former Leeds-based Olympic bronze medal­list goes into the Grand Fi­nal in Aus­tralia next month just 34 points be­hind Amer­i­can Katie Zaferes, with 1,250 points on of­fer to the win­ner.

Hol­land was left be­hind on the swim and team-mates Jess Lear­month of Wetherby and Sophie Cold­well broke away from the pack on the bike, ac­com­pa­nied by Zaferes and her team-mate Sum­mer Cook.

But Hol­land worked to­gether with Euro­pean cham­pion Nicola Spirig and Amer­i­can Tay­lor Knibb to close the gap and then pow­ered away on the 10km run to claim vic­tory.

Zaferes showed her strength by fin­ish­ing sec­ond to hold onto her lead in the series but it was a fine show­ing by the whole Bri­tish team, with Ge­or­gia Tay­lor-Brown fin­ish­ing third to climb to the same po­si­tion in the over­all stand­ings.

Former Com­mon­wealth cham­pion Jodie Stimp­son is also find­ing her form late in the sea­son and crossed the line in sixth, two places ahead of Lear­month, who is the third Bri­tish ath­lete in the top four over­all.

Hol­land said of team­ing up with Spirig and Knibb: “I knew out of the swim they weren’t far be­hind me, so it was a con­scious de­ci­sion to al­low them to come through.

“The speed we were gain­ing on the lead­ers, it was a case of hold on in there and try and make the front group.

“I’ve won three races this year, that’s more than I could have asked for at the start of the sea­son, I’m de­lighted with that. It will be all to play for on the Gold Coast and that’s a re­ally ex­cit­ing prospect.”

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