Emma Moffatt continued her push for Olympic selection on the Australian triathlon team with a win today at the Gold Coast Triathlon ITU Oceania Cup. The win comes off the back of a breakthrough victory at the Australian Sprint Championships just two weeks ago.
Emma, 23, now considered a front runner for one of the two remaining places on the team to join pre selected triple world champion Emma Snowsill.
“I couldn’t be happier with my form at the start of the season and the win her is another good preparation ahead of the first world cup race at Mooloolaba,” said Moffatt.
This is the first race Abram has contested since finishing second to Emma Snowsill at the Noosa Triathlon back in November and she was
“It was a good hit out for me as I work towards peaking at Mooloolaba where I need to put in a really good performance. Beijing is in the back of my mind and I just need to focus on one thing at a time though,” said Abram.
After the opening 1.5km swim leg, a group of 10 athletes formed early on the bike, including all the top contenders, Felicity Abram and Emma Moffatt, Ireland’s Emma Davis, 2008 Australian Champion Alee Sharp, Japanese pair Chie Nakashima and Keiko Tanaka, also Lisa Mensink who eventually withdrew in the early stages of the run. The large group was able to work together over the flat 9 lap, 40 kilometre bike to build almost an unassailable gap on the rest of the field headed by Canada’s Carolyn Murray.
The four lap 10km run course proved a scorcher as the temperature rose and the tempo of the race. The transition proved crucial with a small group taking charge. At the end of the first lap Moffatt secured the lead and the field was strung out. Abram sat comfortably in second with Davis have a sensational race in third. The placing’s remained unchanged and Moffatt looked in total control cruising to a second victory in two weeks.
Murray made up over a 2 minute deficit after the bike leg to run through for fourth today.
“We all worked well on the bike to establish the first group and there was no point in trying to make a break, it was pretty windy out there. I knew I just had to control it on the run,” said Moffatt.
Focus will now turn to the first ITU World Cup of the year at Mooloolaba (30 March), the first race selectors will use in determining the final three places (2 female, one male) to join Emma Snowsill, Brad Kahlefeldt and Courtney Atkinson in Beijing.
This event is part of the Gold Coast Triathlon – Luke Harrop Memorial weekend and also doubles as the venue for next years World Triathlon Championships on 13 September 2009.
1. Emma Moffatt AUST 1:57:45
2. Felicity Abram AUST 1:58:59
3. Emma Davis IRE 1:59:41
4. Carolyn Murray CAN 2:00:25
5. Keiko Tanaka JPN 2:00:45
6. Alee Sharp AUST 2:01:10