Samantha Rose finished her triathlon season in style with a brilliant bronze medal at the World Championships in Chicago.
Rose, from Portsmouth, was overjoyed to get on the podium for Great Britain as she placed third in the 25-29 age group.
I was so happy and relieved, and still can’t quite believe itSamantha Rose
She revealed the success made all the hard training sessions worthwhile.
Rose said: ‘I was so happy and relieved, and still can’t quite believe it!
‘It makes all the early morning training sessions, weekends spent away racing in preparation, social sacrifices, and dietary limitations worth it, and I couldn’t have hoped for a better end to my triathlon season.’
Rose had an excellent swim and ended up exiting the water second in her age group.
There was a long run into transition and during this she overtook the girl who had finished the swim in first place.
On the bike leg, Rose lost her drinks bottle after the first 10 minutes, which meant she had no fluid for the first one hour and 30 minutes of racing.
However, she fought on and finished the bike leg in third place.
The heat was on by this point but Rose managed to overtake her Great Britain team-mate Hannah Lord after two laps of the run course.
Two American athletes powered past but Rose dug in to hold on to third place - despite a bit of confusion with one other athlete appearing to be ahead of her but having not completed all the laps - making it a memorable finale to an excellent triathlon season.