Jodie Stimpson ends season with gold in Alicante

British athlete "chuffed" to finish season on a high


Jodie Stimpson has rounded off an excellent 2013 season by winning the Alicante ITU Triathlon World Cup in Spain over the weekend, while fellow Brit Grant Sheldon took a well-earned bronze medal in the men's race.

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Stimpson was part of an early breakaway group which included Britain's Lucy Hall and Natalie Milne, and managed to protect her lead during the run to finish in 2:02:38.

Italy's Alice Betto (ITA) took silver in 2:03:24, and Rachel Klamer of the Netherlands came third in 2:04:15. Hall came seventh in 2:05:26, while Milne posted 26th in 2:08:16.

Stimpson said: “It’s brilliant to finish my ITU year with the win and having Lucy and Natalie there on the bike ensured it was a hard working group.

"I just ran hard to finish and I’m chuffed with the win.”

The British athlete's other achievements of 2013 include a WTS win in Kitzbühel, WTS bronze medals in Yokohama, Madrid and Hamburg, and fourth place in the WTS Grand Final in London a couple of weeks ago, giving her second place overall in this year's World Triathlon Series.

Seconds off second

In the men's race meanwhile, just four seconds separated 19-year-old Sheldon from the winner, 2004 Olympic medallist Sven Riederer of Switzerland.

Sheldon ran the fastest 10km run split of the whole field to claim bronze in 1:53:48, mere seconds behind silver medallist Vincente Hernandez (ESP).

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Britain's Mark Buckingham also finished inside the top ten, placing ninth with a time of 1:54:24.