Helen Jenkins inspired by success of Brownlee brothers
2010 archive: Jenkins happy with Hyde Park podium spot
By Ollie Williams
Britain's top female triathlete wants to match the achievements of her illustrious male team-mates in 2011.
Wales' Helen Jenkins won the world title in 2008 but has since been upstaged by Alistair Brownlee, the 2009 world champion, and his brother Jonny.
Jenkins, now fourth in the world, told BBC Sport: "They make us look very average. I get third in a race, then they win theirs the next day.
"And then mine's just third, isn't it? It makes you not want to settle."
The Bridgend 26-year-old won the world title under her maiden name, Tucker, in a one-off event before the World Championship moved to its current seven-event series format.
She battled to a string of third-place finishes over the past two years, finishing in bronze-medal position twice on the World Championship circuit in both 2009 and 2010.
"I was third a lot in 2010 and it would be nice to go up higher than that," she added, before paying tribute to the success of Britain's men.
It'll be good this year to go down the streets we're actually going to cycle on for the Olympics
"In women's triathlon, Australia are probably the best nation in the world, but it has to be Britain in the men's.
"Alistair Brownlee, Jonny Brownlee, Stuart Hayes and Tim Don have all made a World Championship Series podium, there are so many British men up there competing.
"The Olympics in London has inspired people to push on, train harder and improve."
Alistair Brownlee could not defend his world title in 2010 because of injury but still won three of the five top-class events he entered last season, while younger brother Jonny became the Under-23 World Champion and finished second at London's Hyde Park, home to the 2012 course.
And the prospect of fighting for an Olympic title in those central London surroundings also motivates Jenkins during the long winter months of endurance training.
"I quite often imagine Hyde Park when I'm running," she said. "It's always in my mind if I'm struggling in a session - 'Come on, think of Hyde Park, get through this.'
"It's a great venue - the crowd makes it great - and it'll be good this year to get out of the park and go down the streets we're actually going to cycle on for the Olympics.
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