NEIL COLLINS relished his home race as he continued his strong form in the Portsmouth Triathlon.
The David Lloyd Port Solent club member, from Southsea, was going for a third win in a row in the increasingly popular event on Sunday.
But Collins’ Great Britain international team-mate James Phillips, from the New Forest, had other ideas as he won the sprint contest.
Racing in different waves, it was Phillips, in the 20-24 age group, who took the victory with a time of 1hr 07min 32sec.
Collins, competing in the 40-44 age group, finished second overall in 1.10.25.
Now the focus turns to Chicago for the World Championships, from September 15 to September 19.
Collins said: ‘I was hoping to complete my third consecutive victory over the sprint distance but James is having a great year and developing into an awesome triathlete.
‘Chicago will be my last triathlon of 2015 and a great way to round off my year.’
Closed roads and perfect weather ensured the Portsmouth City Council triathlon was a big success.
Collins added: ‘Mother Nature was kind to us, providing lots of sunshine, warmish sea, and a gentle current towards the pier.
‘On the bike leg there was not much wind so it was a case of keeping a good rhythm and concentrating on staying as aero as possible.
‘The run along the promenade, into Old Portsmouth and back, provided a good chance to look out for high fives from friends coming the other way!’
Collins won the Portsmouth Try a Tri sprint race in June and finished an excellent 13th in the European Championships in Zurich, Switzerland in July.