Capital gains for super Lauren Steadman

Lauren Steadman on her way to a second London crown. Picture: David Pearce/British Triathlon
Lauren Steadman on her way to a second London crown. Picture: David Pearce/British Triathlon
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  • University of Portsmouth graduate defends London crown
  • ITU world champion’s Rio 2016 charge gathers pace
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Lauren Steadman continued her charge towards the 2016 Paralympics in Rio with a stunning defence of her London World Series title.

The Portsmouth-based star landed the paratriathlon PT4 race at the Vitality World Triathlon London event on Saturday.

She clocked a combined time of 1hr 09min 26sec for the 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run at the London 2012 Olympic venue – successfully retaining the crown she won 12 months ago.

Already the ITU world champion, Steadman’s successful defence in the capital followed hot on the heels of her British Championships title in Llanelli last month as her race to Rio gathers pace.

The 22-year-old, who is a University of Portsmouth graduate, said: ‘I love the (London) course and it was lovely to win in front of a home crowd.

‘The weather was dry, too, so you could hit the top speeds on the bike.’