Ocean City High School graduate Renee Tomlin won the Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup for the second straight year on Sunday in Hungary.

The 28-year-old Tomlin won the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5k run in 1 hour, 45 seconds.

She finished one second ahead of runner-up Leonie Periault, of France. Caelers Maaike, of the Netherlands, was third in 1:00:51.

Tomlin earned $7,500.

“This race means a lot to me,” Tomlin said in a story by Olalla Cernuda on triathlon.org. “It’s where it all started some years ago, and I always love to come back. This year I felt a little bit more pressure on me, but I still executed the race the way I wanted, so I’m very glad.”

The former Red Raiders track and field and swimming standout topped a strong international field of 30 women from 15 nations. The next American finisher was Erin Dolan, who placed 12th in 1:01.36.

Tomlin was in 25th place after the swim leg, which she finished in 10:16. But her transition time to the bike was the fastest. Her bike leg was the second-fastest in 31:44. Tomlin’s run was 17:22.

The Tiszaujvaros event had a semifinal Saturday, and Tomlin was third behind winner Tamara Gorman, of the United States, and second-place Emilie Morier, of France.

Morier placed 10th and Gorman, of Rapid City, South Dakota, finished 12th in Sunday’s championship race.

Tomlin won last year’s Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup by 18 seconds in 1:00.02.

That win came two months after she finished 26th in the 2016 Olympic Trials, falling short of making the U.S. Team that participated in the Rio Summer Games.

Sunday’s victory was her third ITU World Cup win. She won the Chengdu event in China on May 9, 2015.

Tomlin was a standout runner at Georgetown University and became a professional runner.

She switched to triathlons in 2014. She has competed all over the world, including Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, Cuba, Germany, Mexico, Barazil and Sweden.

She is scheduled to next compete Aug. 5-6 at the ITU World Triathlon Montreal.

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609-272-7210 GGargan@pressofac.com

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I’ve been at The Press since January of 1983. I cover all sports in general, but mostly lifeguard racing, and high school field hockey, football, swimming, basketball, crew, baseball and softball.

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