Stanford runs to victory in Hamburg

Non Stanford stormed to her first World Triathlon Series victory in more than three years and looks to be peaking at just the right time for the Olympic selection event in Tokyo in August.


The 2013 ITU world champion was in imperious form over the sprint distance in Hamburg as she broke clear on the 5km run to confidently defeat France’s much-heralded Cassandre Beaugrand, who won here last year, with USA’s Summer Rappaport in third.

In wet and slippery conditions, series leaders Katie Zafares of the USA crashed out of contention on the bike, but her nearest challenger, Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown was unable to secure the win she needed to capitalise fully and finished in fifth.