Aileen Morrison wins European triathlon event in Turkey

Aileen Morrison
Aileen Morrison hopes to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London

Northern Ireland Olympic hopeful Aileen Morrison has won the ETU European Cup triathlon in Antalya, Turkey.

The Derry woman, who is currently 21st in the world rankings, saw off runner-up Mateja Simic of Slovenia and Germany's Anne Haug.

Morrison led the swim and biked in the lead pack and then kicked, along with Simic, from the lead group with about two kilometres to go in the run.

The Irish competitor beat her Slovenian rival in the sprint for the tape.

Morrison won Ireland's first triathlon medal at the World Championships in Hamburg last year when she took bronze.

This was Morrison's first event of 2011 and she is due to race again in the ITU World Cup event in Japan on 17 April.