London 2012: Chrissie Wellington senses GB triathlon golds

Four-time ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington believes Britain's "world leading" triathletes are the nation's top medal hope at London 2012.

GB currently has 11 world champions and one team title across the scope of triathlon age groups and distances.

"We are leading the way across the board and it promises to be incredibly exciting," 34-year-old Wellington told BBC Radio Norfolk .

"We've got very strong hopes for gold in both men's and women's next year."

BRITAIN'S WORLD CHAMPIONS

  • Alistair Brownlee, ITU World Champion
  • Jonathan Brownlee, ITU World Sprint Champion
  • Helen Jenkins, ITU World Champion
  • Chrissie Wellington, Ironman World Champion
  • Matt Sharp, ITU U23 World Champion
  • Katie Hewison, ITU Duathlon World Champion
  • Richard Stannard, ITU Aquathlon World Champion
  • Lesley Paterson, XTERRA World Champion
  • Faye McClelland, ITU World Champion Paratriathlon Female TRI-4
  • Jane Egan, ITU World Champion Paratriathlon Female TRI-1
  • Charlotte Ellis, ITU World Champion Paratriathlon Female TRI-6
  • Steven Judge, ITU World Champion Paratriathlon Male TRI-3

Wellington, from Feltwell in Norfolk, will not compete at the Olympics, as she concentrates on the long-distance ironman discipline.

But Alistair Brownlee and Helen Jenkins , world champions in the Olympic distance, and sprint champion Jonathan Brownlee are expected to be involved next summer.

"Great Britain is a global force in triathlon at the moment. We lead the world. We have world champions in Olympic distance triathlon in both men and women," Wellington added.

"We have a world champion in off road triathlon [Lesley Paterson] and me as a four-time world champion in ironman, so we are leading the way."

Meanwhile, Wellington says she is still nursing the wounds of a training bike crash which almost derailed her pursuit of October's fourth world title in Hawaii .

"It has taken a while to recover. When you put your body through something as difficult and taxing as an ironman it is going to take its toll," she explained.

"It did take a while for my body to heal and I'm on the road to a full recovery."