The course around Buckingham Palace, Constitution Hill and Hyde Park oozed history but Helen Jenkins narrowly missed the chance to write her name into the record books this morning.Aiming to become the first British medallist in the triathlon, Jenkins finished fifth in a gruelling but thrilling finale.
The Olympic title was won by Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig, with a photo-finish required to separate her in the final sprint from Sweden’s Lisa Norden. Australia’s Erin Densham finished third.
In a tactically well-executed race Jenkins was never out of the top 15, containing her rivals during the swimming and cycling sections before taking the front at the start of a dramatic final 10km run.
One by one, the pace being set by Jenkins reduced the size of the 22-strong lead group.
But, with the pack whittled down to just five, Jenkins herself lost touch and trailed home in fifth.