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Swallow was the fastest over the 4km swim, and led the first lap of the 120km bike course until Caroline Steffen (Switzerland) overtook. She looked to be in a solid silver medal position early in the 30km run, but was gradually overhauled by Denmark’s Camilla Pedersen.
However, it was an excellent performance by Swallow to claim the bronze after having had a stress fracture in April. Swallow who competed at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, will now turn her attention to the London 2012 triathlon events on Saturday 4 August and Tuesday 7 August and be cheering on her fellow British athletes as they race around the free-to-view Hyde Park.
Chris McCormack of Australia won the men's event ahead of Spain’s Eneko Llanos and Luxembourg’s Dirk Bockel.
Vitoria-Gasteiz ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships: Elite Women
1. Caroline Steffen SUI 6:04:17
2. Camilla Pedersen DEN 6:09:23
3. Jodie Swallow GBR 6:12:48
Three gold medals for GE Great Britain Age-Group Team