LINDA Ashmore continued her superhuman exploits in endurance racing by claiming victory in the World Sprint Triathlon Championships at Montreal.

Dorset grandmother Ashmore fought off a strong field of ten entrants in the women's 75-79 age group to take the top prize.

Around 1,500 athletes attended the event in Canada, at which the British team also locked down qualification for Paris 2024.

Ashmore's task was made even more difficult than usual as torrential rain and thunder affected the water quality of the St Lawrence River.

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Officials managed to avoid cutting the triathlon to a run-swim-run duathlon as the expected 30°C weather finally arrived by competition time and the water was passed fit.

Ashmore opened up a lead on her rivals following a superb 750m swim but had to contend with other competitors slipstreaming her during the 20km bike leg.

However, Ashmore was still ahead at transition two for the final 5,000m run.

It was in this leg that Ashmore showed her pedigree, establishing a seven-minute gap to claim her status as sprint triathlon world champion.

Ashmore next heads to the famous venue of Kona for the Ironman World Championships, before contesting the 70.3 World Championships in Utah.

Ashmore rounds off the season in Abu Dhabi this November for the Triathlon World Championships.