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Tucker's luck just keeps coming

Tucker crosses the line in Vancouver
Tucker was shocked by her World Championship win

New world triathlon champ Helen Tucker is still reluctant to class herself as in the running for Olympic gold.

This time last year the 24-year-old from Bridgend was unsure if she would ever compete again after suffering a torn Achilles tendon in 2006.

But she is now expected to be confirmed in the Olympic team, along with 18-year-old Hollie Avil, on 27 June.

"It gives me confidence I'm going well, but I don't think I can be considered one of the favourites," she said.

Tucker, currently undertaking acclimatisation training in Texas as preparation for the Olympics, said winning the World Championships in Vancouver last Sunday was even more of a surprise as she wasn't really focused on the race.

"I really wanted to be world champion. I'm so chuffed," said Tucker who crossed the line in two hours, one minute and 37 seconds.

"After coming second in Madrid I knew I was in good form but, because I had got my Olympic qualifying, I wasn't really up for the worlds.

"I was really relaxed going into it and I didn't really have any aims I was just going to race - that's what makes it even more of a shock."

"Vancouver is my new favourite place."

At the Olympics it's anyone's race - anyone who lines up on the start line has achieved something to get there

Helen Tucker

Despite here reluctance to class herself as favourite, she clearly has her eyes on the Beijing podium.

"At the Olympics it's anyone's race. Anyone who lines up on the start line has achieved something to get there."

"There are only two girls in world triathlon really - Vanessa Fernandes from Portugal and the Australian Emma Snowsill

"But I don't want to go into the race thinking the best I can do is come third because I believe that anything can happen at an Olympics.

"I'd love to get a medal - everyone would - but I just have to see how it goes. At the moment I just want to get back in to training for Beijing.

Tucker will race again next week in America and then return home to Wales before heading out to the British Team's training camp in Korea a fortnight before the Games begin.


see also
Tucker nets triathlon world title
09 Jun 08 |  Triathlon
Tucker 'shocked' at Olympic nod
02 Jun 08 |  Triathlon
Tucker sits out World Triathlon
30 Aug 06 |  Triathlon
Team GB for Beijing
29 Nov 07 |  Team GB
Triathlon on the BBC
08 Nov 07 |  Triathlon


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