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Reid 'expected higher than sixth'

Published 13/06/2015

Ireland's Aileen Reid finished sixth in the women's triathlon at the European Games in Baku.
Ireland's Aileen Reid finished sixth in the women's triathlon at the European Games in Baku.

Ireland's Aileen Reid admitted to some disappointment after finishing sixth in the women's triathlon in the inaugural European Games in Baku on Saturday.

The 32-year-old had expected better after a stellar season which saw her claim fourth place in the World Triathlon Series race in London late last month.

But, despite completing the final transition from bike to run in fourth place, Reid could make no impression on the runaway leaders headed by eventual winner Nicola Spirig of Switzerland.

Reid said: "I prepared properly for these Games and I was feeling good - I was expecting higher than sixth.

"But I don't feel sorry about not finishing first because I did my best and I came in the top 10."

Reid, whose place at next year's Rio Olympics is already all but secure after her rise in the world rankings coincidentally also to sixth, said she found the windy conditions in the Azeri capital hard.

"It was windy and wavy, but that is part of the race and I enjoyed it," Reid added. "It was different and it is better to have something different than something normal."

Leeds 24-year-old and former Channel swimmer Heather Sellars was cast adrift of the main group early in the run and finished in 15th place.

Sellars said: "Once the girls got away up front it was hard to chase them down. I really wanted a top-10 finish but I'm happy with my performance."

Oxford's Genevieve Randall qualified in 10th spot for the final of the synchronized swimming solo free programme, which will take place on Tuesday.

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