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Paula Findlay solidfied her status as triathlon's leading lady with a strong performance at the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series in Austria.

The Canadian triathlete finished first with a time of 2:05:52, just four seconds ahead of Britain's Helen Jenkins (2:05:56).

Jenkins finished second to Findlay as she did in Madrid two weeks ago while American Sarah Groff enjoyed a career breakthrough taking bronze — her first ever Dextro Energy Triathlon Series medal.

Taking the title wasn't all that easy for the 22-year old Edmonton native.

Had to catch up

Findlay was more than a minute behind the leaders in the swim, and was part of a 19-athlete chase group that caught the leaders — Helen Jenkins and Sarah Haskins — at the end of the four bike leg, before setting the pace for the run.

Similar to their race in Madrid, just over two weeks ago, the title came down to a tight head-to-head matchup between Findlay and Jenkins. But the Canadian took the lead in the final 200 metres to claim her third straight victory this season.

Findlay may have taken gold, but said Jenkins was on her heels to the very end.

"I'm just thrilled again, that was a really hard race, I have so much respect for Helen, I really didn't think I could stay with her, I was running at maximum the whole way," Findlay said.

Jenkins said her strategy was to push Findlay earlier than she did in Madrid.

"After Madrid, I knew I wasn't going to beat her over the last 400 metres and over the last 2.5 kilometres was just really trying to push on and break her," Jenkins said. "And I could see she was working, but in the last few hundred metres I just couldn't catch her."

Findlay now has five wins, which have come in her last six races. The 22-year old's five wins move her ahead of Australia's Emma Moffatt's four. Findlay is three for three in 2011.