The 21-year-old from Luxembourg narrowly missed out on silverware at her first triathlon world cup, with only a mere three seconds keeping her off the podium in Pontevedra, Spain.

Sunday morning marked the opening event of the women's triathlon world cup in the Spanish city of Pontevedra. It was the debut world cup for Luxembourgish athlete Eva Daniëls and the first time she competed in a triathlon using the official olympic distance.

After facing a few issues during swimming, the 21-year-old fought back with a strong performance on her bicycle. Daniëls then managed to keep the pace high during the final ten-kilometre run and only narrowly missed out on the bronze medal by three seconds.

Daniëls crossed the finish line 28 seconds after winner Petra Kurikova from the Czech Republic, who took one hour, 57 minutes, and 43 seconds to complete the triathlon. Lisa Tertsch from Germany came second and French athlete Sandra Dodet third.

After taking a short break, Daniëls is expected to compete in her second world cup in Bergen, Norway, on 28 August.