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Kirsten Sweetland narrowly misses triathlon podium in Sweden

Victoria's Kirsten Sweetland finished just off the podium in fourth at the penultimate stage of the eight-race World Triathlon Series on Saturday.

Canadian clocks times of 1 hour, 3 minutes 10 seconds while battling cold

Canada's Kirsten Sweetland finished fourth at the penultimate stage of the eight-race World Triathlon Series on Saturday in Stockholm, Sweden. The Victoria native clocked a time of one hour three minutes 10 seconds in the sprint race. (Peter Morrison/Associated Press/File)

Victoria's Kirsten Sweetland finished just off the podium in fourth at the penultimate stage of the eight-race World Triathlon Series on Saturday.

Sweetland clocked a time of one hour three minutes 10 seconds in the sprint race in Stockholm, Sweden.

The 25-year-old started the race with a solid 750-metre swim on chilly and rainy day and charged to the head of the pack for the 20-kilometre bike ride before mixing it up with a group of five for the five-kilometre run. Sweetland was hoping for her third straight international podium, but settled for fourth.

"I really can't believe I pulled off a fourth place today," said Sweetland, who is ranked sixth in the world. "Obviously after Commonwealth Games and Hamburg I was gunning for a podium today, but I got a little cold on Tuesday. Not good timing at all.

"I came here just trying to collect some points before Edmonton, and with catching a cold, I just really can't believe I was able to do this today. I am happy with it for sure"

American Sarah Groff captured her first career World Triathlon Series victory after crossing the line first with a time of 1:03:00. New Zealand's Andrea Hewitt was second at 1:03:04, while fellow countryman Nicky Samuels took bronze in 1:03:05.

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