Fresh from winning her Commonwealth Games selection appeal, Wanaka triathlete Nicky Samuels finished fifth at the London world series race this morning.
Fellow Kiwi Andrea Hewitt also posted a top-10, finishing a spot behind Samuels in the sprint distance race.
American Gwen Jorgensen stamped her class on the field with a dominant performance, including one of the quickest swims on the day, while American Sarah Groff was second and Australian Emma Jackson finished third.
Neither of the Kiwis emerged from the water with the leaders but Samuels was close enough with a quick transition and strong start to her ride to settle into the lead group of 11 on the bike, going on to post the quickest time on the 20km cycle around Hyde Park.
Hewitt, meanwhile, settled into the chase group alongside world rankings leader Jodie Stimpson of Britain, riding into the second transition 20 seconds down on the leaders.
A strong run saw Hewitt finish just one spot and three seconds behind Samuels.
There were no Kiwi men in the elite men's race, won by Mario Mola (Spain) from Richard Murray (South Africa) and Joao Pereira (Portugal).
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