Triathlon - Steadman the favourite in a world-class field

Lauren Steadman wins the 2013 European Championships in Turkey.
Lauren Steadman wins the 2013 European Championships in Turkey.
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Lauren Steadman will be looking for a repeat performance in London this weekend when she takes on the world’s best paratriathletes.

The 26 year-old from Sawtry won the 2014 London ITU World Paratriathlon Event and she’s the red-hot favourite to take the honours again on Saturday (May 30).

Steadman followed up her 2014 success in the capital with victory in the European Championships in Austria last June and a World Championship win in Edmonton in August to soar to the top of the world rankings in the PT4 class.

She’s hoping to tread a similar path in 2015 and that will make her a leading contender for Paralympic gold in Rio.

Steadman, who has competed at two Paralympics in swimming, warmed up for this weekend’s big race by taking the British title in Llanelli a fortnight ago. She won in 1:12:32 with runner-up and closest rival Clare Cunningham clocking 1:18:29.