Brit Non Stanford pulled off a stunning victory in the Cape Town leg of the World Triathlon Series 2016, putting down a marker ahead of the Rio Olympics and showing her return to full fitness is almost complete despite doubts before the race.


Non Stanford and Vicky Holland secure spots for Rio

Although heavy storms greeted the athletes on their arrival into Cape Town, conditions were perfect for the race itself with temperatures of 20c and light winds. After her devastation at not been selected for the Olympic Games, 2014 WTS Cape Town winner Jodie Stimpson was racing purely to bolster her hopes of a strong position in the ITU series itself. Fellow Brits Vicky Holland, who won in Cape Town last year, and Non Stanford were looking to send a message to their opponents ahead of Rio having already qualified. The winner of WTS Gold Coast Helen Jenkins opted out of this race, as did current world champion Gwen Jorgensen.  

As the athletes dived off the pontoon, Bermudan Flora Duffy and Carolina Routier quickly broke away from the pack, and Duffy broke away again to exit the water in a rapid 8min 55secs. Routier was unable to ride out with Duffy, who rode off solo and established almost a 30sec lead.