Helen Jenkins preparing for Triathlon race
GREAT BRITAIN’S Helen Jenkins will face plenty of competition as she aims to add the Olympic crown to her world championship and World Triathlon Series crowns in tomorrow’s triathlon in Hyde Park.
Jenkins has only raced twice in the World Series this season, winning in San Diego, while Australia’s Erin Densham and Nicola Spirig of Switzerland have both won two races.
Swede Lisa Norden and New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt are also in contention while the dark horse is likely to be Canadian Paula Findlay.
She burst on to the scene two years ago, winning in Hyde Park before being struck down with injury.
Jenkins said: “We just don’t know where Paula is. Although a lot of people are not considering her, I’d say she’s probably one of the favourites. If she comes out like she has done in previous years, she’s got to be one of the favourites.”
The key could well be whether the pack splits on the swim and a break is able to stay away on the bike.
The British team have picked 20-year-old Lucy Hall, who is one of the fastest swimmers in the sport, with the intention of trying to drop some of Jenkins’ rivals.
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Densham said: “The swim is going to play a big role. They have said before you can’t win the race in the swim but you can definitely lose it. Honestly there is no knowing how it’s going to go but it’s going to be hard and fast.”
There will be pressure on Densham and her team-mates, Emma Moffatt and Emma Jackson, to deliver after they were controversially picked ahead of Beijing gold medallist Emma Snowsill.
A fast swim, meanwhile, could expose the likes of Spirig, who is often behind the leading group heading on to the bike but has the ability to pull herself back with the help of team-mate Daniela Ryf.