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Jodie Swallow targets London 2012 place

Jodie Swallow
Swallow is from Brentwood in Essex

Triathlete Jodie Swallow believes her World Championship win earlier this month will stand her in good stead for the London Olympics.

The Essex athlete won the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Clearwater by over six minutes on 14 November.

It capped a successful year for Swallow who finished seventh in the London Triathlon in July.

She told BBC Essex: "I'm still going for 2012. This was a developmental year but it's been amazing towards the end."

"Hopefully I can carry that on at the beginning of next season and it's just going to get better."

Swallow is currently 13th in the world rankings and is now largely based in Switzerland and Thailand.

She realises that she can only focus on taking part in one event in London 2012.

"The Olympic triathlon is the only event there is [for me]. It's very tight and different from athletics where you've got a number of events with three medals each.

"We're talking 1,500 metre swim, 40k bike and 10k run. [It's] Still long but its a lot shorter than the world title I just won. I think I can do it."

Swallow's only previous Olympic experience to date was in the Athens 2004 games, where she finished 34th.

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