Stanford wins world triathlon title
SWANSEA'S Non Stanford is the ITU World Triathlon champion.
The 24-year-old clinched the crown after overcoming a 15-second penalty to win the Grand Final in London.
Stanford, third in the standings ahead of the race, was penalised for not placing her wetsuit in the box.
But the Swansea Harrier won the title with a superb run, finishing in 2:01.33.
She ended the series on 4,220 points.
Fellow Briton Jodie Stimpson was second in the standings after finishing fourth in Hyde Park.
Stanford was behind America's Gwen Jorgensen and Germany's Anne Haug in the standings ahead of the race.
Haug had to settle for bronze, but Jorgensen finished outside of the medals after crashing on the bike stage.
"I'm speechless," said Stanford, who won the world under-23 title in Auckland last year.
"I haven't slept for three weeks. Everyone was talking about it. I just wanted to put on a good show, and all my friends and family are here so I'm delighted I could do it for them.
"I went off really hard in the run, trying to make up that gap straightaway."