Stimpson lands first Commonwealth gold

England’s Jodie Stimpson won the opening gold of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Thursday.

Stimpson, a silver medal winner in the World Triathlon Series in 2013, sprinted clear with 400 metres remaining of the final 10km run to win a thrilling race that started with a 1.5km swim in and a 40km cycle around Strathclyde Loch.

Canada’s Kirsten Sweetland claimed silver, with England’s Vicky Holland taking bronze in warm, sunny conditions.

“I was nervous about the swim but I had an awesome swim actually,” said Stimpson.

“The race was brutal and the bike was definitely a challenge. It was important to be aware and sensible. --AFP 

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