BENDIGO triathlete Sophie Hawken has claimed a bronze medal in her section of the 2016 ITU Aquathlon World Championships in Cozumel.
The 35-year-old posted a time of 39.15 in the short course event and narrowly missed out on a silver medal by less than five seconds.
Mexico's Afriuana Fabiola Corona won the gold medal in a time of 37.25.
Hawken was one of three Australians in the field of 23 in the 35-39 female ag section.
Rachel Eagles (43.17) placed 10th and Michelle Cooper (55.44) finished 22nd.
The aquathlon comprised three running and two swimming stages.
It was Hawken's first ITU World Triathlon Series event since 2012, when she finished second in the World Triathlon Grand Final in Auckland.
Hawken is the owner of fitness group training buisness 3T Fitness Bendigo.
Meanwhile, Bendigo Triathlon Club members John Flood and Craig Sloan are continuing preparations for the World Ironman Championships in Hawaii.
The 3.8k swim/180km cycle/42.2km run is considered the Holy Grail of triathlon and will be held on October 8.
Flood and Sloan secured their spot in the field at qualiofying races held around the world during 2016.