Bridgend's Helen Jenkins won her second World Triathlon
Championships in 2011. The victory - which is based on performances
over the ITU series - came after a superb season in which she won
in London over the Olympic course in Hyde Park. She then finished
runner-up in the season-ending event in Beijing. It was her third
second place in the 2011 season.
In 2006 she suffered from an Achilles tendon injury and, after a
fresh start in 2007, the ankle injury gave her trouble again. After
intense work with Sport Wales' sports science and medical team, she
rehabilitated and made significant changes to her running style.
She came back stronger than ever and stormed to her first World
Championship title in 2008. In the same year, she competed at the
Beijing Olympics (finished 21st) and married her coach
Helen (formerly Tucker) was the British Junior Champion in
She competed in her second Olympics at London 2012. She put in a
brave performance in the Hyde Park triathlon before dropping off
the leading group on the last lap of the 10km run to finish in
5th. She revealed afterwards she had been suffering with
an injury that had hampered her training.