Aileen Reid produced the race of her life to finish in second place in the World Series Triathlon Grand Final in London on Saturday.
The Londonderry woman was strong in all three elements of the race – 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run.
She managed to summons the strength for a sprint finish as she ran away from Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson and overtook Emma Moffatt from Australia, both training partners of Reid, to clinch silver behind Britain’s Non Stanford who won the race and with it become 2013 World Champion.
After the eight races that spanned the globe from Auckland to San Diego to Yokohama to Madrid and finally London, Reid was eighth in the overall standings, underlining the potential she has to compete with the world’s best.
“This year I’ve been consistently consistent and produced a number of top ten finishes. I’ve had podium places in world cups so I know what I’m capable of, and I know what I can do, its all about believing in myself and this was the icing on the cake,” she explained afterwards.
“I wanted to do really well, the event in London is like a home race and it was the Grand Final as well and to finish second was fantastic, amazing.
“I’m now looking forward to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow but that’s going to be a tough race.”