Jelle Geens sprints to victory in the ITU World Cup event in Antwerp ©ITU

Belgium's Jelle Geens won the men's event at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Cup on his home soil in Antwerp. 

The 25-year-old finished first in the men's sprint event after a 750 metre swim, 22.6 kilometre cycle and five kilometre run.

It was the first time an ITU World Cup event had been held in Belgium.

Martin van Riel, another Belgian, was the pre-race favourite but he was only able to finish fourth behind Kiwi Taylor Reed and Canadian Tyler Mislawchuk.

Van Riel finished the swim right at the front, emerging from the water after just nine minutes and one second, but was unable to maintain his lead over the bike ride and run.

Summer Cook celebrates her comfortable win in Antwerp ©ITU
Summer Cook celebrates her comfortable win in Antwerp ©ITU

Geen started relatively slowly on the swim, but was 27 seconds faster on the bike and 10 seconds faster on the run than his compatriot Van Reil, meaning he eventually finished ahead by nine seconds at the end of the race, with an overall time of 58min 15sec. 

In the women's race, American Summer Cook took the win 1:02.52 in front of Great Britain's Beth Potter in second.

Unlike Van Riel in the men's event, Cook held her lead right from the beginning with the fastest swim out of the whole field. 

She stepped out of the water forst and eventually finished the race 19 seconds clear of her closest rival.

Italy's Verena Steinhauser finished in third with a time of 1:03:13.