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World Triathlon Cup: Great Britain's Sian Rainsley wins in Hong Kong

Sian Rainsley
The race was the first World Cup event to be held in Hong Kong

Great Britain's Sian Rainsley claimed her first World Triathlon Cup win with victory in Hong Kong.

The 26-year-old held off American Olympic bronze medallist Katie Zaferes to triumph by nine seconds.

Rainsley finished the sprint distance race - a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run - in 59 minutes 44 seconds.

GB team-mates Olivia Mathias and Vicky Holland were seventh and 11th respectively, while Max Stapley was sixth in the men's race.

"I didn't race much last year - I was quite injured - so just being back on the start line was exciting," Rainsley told World Triathlon.

"I felt a bit more relaxed because I thought 'let's just blow off the cobwebs'.

"I've been training a lot with my partner Tom, who just podiumed at a 70.3 in Australia this morning, so it's a good day for our household."

Alberto Gonzalez Garcia won the men's race in 53:17, five seconds ahead of fellow Spaniard Antonio Serrat Seoane.

Stapley finished in 53mins 55secs, 31 seconds behind third-placed Kenji Nener of Japan.

American Kirsten Kasper was third in the women's race, while Britain's Sophie Alden, who finished second at the opening race of the year in New Zealand in February, was 19th.

The next round takes place in Lievin, France, on 31 March, when a World Cup will be contested over the indoor triathlon format for the first time.