Triathlete Ryan Bailie continues to push his Rio 2016 medal credentials after a career best finish in London, despite being less than 100% over the weekend.
The 24 year old missed a podium finish by just one second in the sprint format of the World Triathlon Series Event.
“It was disappointing, as an athlete you always want more, I guess and I really wanted a podium and I just felt short” Bailie said.
After a dramatic final lap sprint the Aussie number one couldn’t quite get past Frenchman Vincent Luis, finishing right on his shoulder in fourth.
But in positive signs Bailie said despite his career best effort he never felt at his best throughout the race.
“I actually felt sluggish all day and I was lucky to make the front pack with Aaron (Royle) doing a lot of work on the bike for us,” said Bailie.
“In the run I just didn’t feel that flash and thought about things to take my mind away and in the end I just didn’t have the kick to get on the podium.”
Bailie moves up to 6th on the world rankings and remains the only Australian inside the top 10.
After winning his hometown event Alistair Brownlee retains his place at the top of the list.
The WTS series now moves to Germany in July.