Non Stanford continues Britain's triathlon dominance with ITU World Triathlon title
Last Updated: September 14, 2013 2:50pm
Non Stanford: Overcame penalty to win in Hyde Park
Britain's Non Stanford has been crowned ITU World Triathlon champion after overcoming a 15-second penalty to win the Grand Final in London.
The 24-year-old continued Britain's dominance of the sport as fellow Brit Jodie Stimpson finished in fourth on the Hyde Park course to secure victory in the overall standings.
Stanford follows in the footsteps of fellow Welshwoman Helen Jenkins, the world champion in 2008 and 2011, while Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee leads the men's standings going into the final race on Sunday just ahead of his brother Jonny.
The world title is decided over a series of races, and Stanford began the day a close third behind America's Gwen Jorgensen and Anne Haug of Germany.
But things quickly changed, with Haug dropping out of contention after finishing a distant last in the 1.5km swim and Jorgensen crashing on the second lap of the 40km bike leg.
Stanford had picked up her penalty at the first transition for failing to put her wetsuit in the box, but she sprinted away from the second transition and quickly had a decent lead.
By the time she took the penalty on the last lap, she was well ahead of her opposition, and she had time to grab a Welsh flag to hold aloft as she ran down the finishing straight.
Stanford crossed the line 25 seconds ahead of Ireland's Aileen Reid, who matched her best world series result, with Australia's Emma Moffatt in third.
"It's crazy. It hasn't really sunk in yet," she said. "I'm taking it in my stride at the minute but I'm sure when I get five minutes to myself and get to reflect on it I'll probably get quite emotional.
"I just can't put it into words right now. All the ups and downs and I've managed to hold it together and pull it off.
"And to stand on the podium with Jodie was just fantastic. It's really put the icing on the cake and I couldn't think of a better way to end it. Hopefully the boys will do the same tomorrow and it will be the perfect weekend for British triathlon."