London 2012 – Triathlete Jenkins happy to be 2012 unknown

British triathlete Helen Jenkins insists she is happy to let others hog the spotlight in her hunt for London 2012 Olympic gold.

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But while she is still a relative unknown in Britain, the same cannot be said of Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee who have swept all before them in recent years, shooting to stardom in the process.

Alistair, who finished 12th at the Beijing Olympics, currently holds the men’s world title over the Olympic distance while younger brother Jonathan holds the individual world title over the shorter sprint distance.

But Jenkins is happy to sit in the shadow of the Brownlee brothers, insisting it will have no bearing on her hunt for the top step of the Olympic podium.

“Alistair has won over 50 per cent of his World Championship Series races, and that’s amazing,” said Jenkins, who finished 21st in Beijing.

“That’s such an achievement. And because there’s two of them.

“It’s been a slower progression for me. Ali was 12th at the 2008 Olympics then won every race he entered in 2009. I just haven’t had that sort of explosion on to the scene.

“I’ve been around longer and more under the radar. But I’m not after the media spotlight.

“I love doing triathlon and I’m aiming for gold at London 2012, but I’m never after getting my name in all the papers or being on the front of the magazine.”

Jenkins won just one of the seven races that went towards her 2011 title, her consistency handing her the crown as she also recorded three second-place finishes along the way.

But with her one victory coming on home soil in Hyde Park, the venue for the London 2012 Olympics, Jenkins couldn’t have been happier to get a taste of things to come.

“My main aim in 2011 was Hyde Park,” she added. “It was all about the one race in August. That was pretty much our Olympic selection race.

“Hyde Park was incredible; I’ve not experienced support like that in a race before. Considering we raced at 8.30 in the morning there were a lot of people out, even at the farthest point of the course, shouting for British athletes by name.

“We finished at 10.30 and I didn’t get back to my hotel for five more hours after all the drug testing and media.

“It was intense, but that pressure you put on yourself for that one day is why we wanted it to be the one focus for the year. That replicated the Olympics.”

Sportsbeat / Eurosport

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