Sarah Groff earns spot on triathlon podium

September, 11, 2011
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Sarah Groff secured third place in the ITU World Championship Series after finishing the final triathlon of the series in 10th place.

Groff's third place ranking is the best showing by an American in the three-year history of the series.

"It's nice to know that consistency pays off," Groff said, according to USA Triathlon. "I'm absolutely honored to be on the podium with two such phenomenal athletes."

Groff finished in the top 13 in all seven WCS events.

Fellow American Laura Bennett took fifth place with a time of 1 hour, 59 minutes, 2 seconds on Sunday for her top showing of the series and fourth top-10 finish of the season.

Helen Jenkins of Britain won the triathlon world title for a second time after a second-place finish in the final event of the season in Beijing.

Jenkins, who only needed to make the podium to clinch the title, finished behind Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand.

Hewitt had her best result of the year and moved into second in the world rankings.

Switzerland's Melanie Annaheim beat Sweden's Lisa Norden by two seconds in the home stretch to secure the bronze, capturing her first series medal.
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