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Perseverance pays off for Anneke Jenkins

Despite an injury-hit 2015 which put an end to any hopes of competing in Rio, triathlete Anneke Jenkins is determined to keep her Olympic dreams alive.

August 2016

Coming back stronger

Anneke spent much of last year on the sideline, recovering from a hip injury which required surgery and a long and tough road to recovery. The sometimes painful journey back to fitness, coupled with missing out on qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympics, made it a hugely frustrating time for her.

 “Sport is very much a roller coaster of extremes,” says Anneke. “Injuries are almost a given but I’ve definitely had more than my fair share. It’s been a really hard and testing journey.”

 But, not for the first time, Anneke is refusing to let setbacks define her, or get in the way of her goals.

 “I believe in myself, because I know what my body can do on a good day.”

Podiums and a personal best

The first real test of Anneke’s recovery came in May, at the European Cup Triathlon in Madrid. We’re stoked to say she passed with flying colours, taking out a superb second place.

“I was hoping for a top eight finish so to be on the podium was an absolute bonus,” Anneke says.

A couple of weeks later, she pulled off a personal best time and finished 10th at the World Cup Triathlon in Cagliari, in a field that boasted some of the world’s top triathletes including the London Olympic silver medallist.

Considering where she’s at post injury, it’s a result Anneke is truly proud of.

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“I believe in myself, because I know what my body can do on a good day.”

Aiming for Tokyo 2020

With an injury free run and some encouraging results, Anneke is full of confidence as the European season hits top gear.

And she’s put the disappointment of Rio behind her, setting her sights on the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Anneke knows that nothing can be taken for granted, and that she still has more work to do and improvements to make. But whatever the results, watching the way she’s persevered over the last 12 months continues to be a genuine inspiration.

We can’t wait to see what she does next!