Women's Sport: Vicky Holland wins gold at Mooloolaba World Cup triathlon

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Team GB triathlete, Vicky Holland won her first gold medal of the season at the Mooloolaba World Cup, this weekend. 

Holland, who won the bronze medal for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympics, beat fellow Brit, Georgia Taylor-Brown by 15 seconds to finish top of the podium.

The pair ran alongside each other for the majority of the final 5km run until Holland managed to pull away on the final lap and clinch the title.

Taylor-Brown finished in second to take home the silver and Australia's Ashleigh Gentle took bronze.

On Instagram after the win, she wrote: "Well, this happened ⬆️! So happy to be able to add my name to this list of winners of this iconic race 🥇😃

"A lot of uncertainty in the world right now, and I was determined to enjoy this one knowing it would be a while until I get another chance. I raced positively, feeling lucky to be getting a race when many others aren’t.

"Big thanks to my team - you all know who you are ❤️. And to @worldtriathlon for putting correct safety measures in place whilst allowing this race to go ahead."

After the race, Holland told Sportbeat: “It’s been a crazy couple of weeks and I was determined to stand on the start line and enjoy the race.

“I wanted to put into practice the work I’ve done over the winter specifically to do with the swim and the bike.

“The run is a bit unknown for me at the moment as I’ve not done lots of running.

“As it turned out I swam well. I was pleased with how I did. The first few minutes on the bike I struggled to find my legs but then I found my groove and felt ok throughout the rest of the bike.

"Georgia and I created a gap quite early and I tried to really push it on in the second lap knowing it would mean we would break away from the chase pack. Then once we were clear, it was between me and Georgia.

“I was able to use the downhill on the last lap to break away to surprise myself to win.”

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