Vancouver, Canada - With just the Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Grand Final remaining following races in Tongyeong, Madrid, Washington DC, Kitzbühel, Hamburg, London and Yokohama, attention turns to Australia's Gold Coast and the $500,000 USD series bonus pool and $250,000 prize purse. Local attention is concentrated on whether home favourite and Olympic Games bronze medallist Emma Moffatt can be crowned as the world champion.
Moffatt has enjoyed a stunning season which started with second in Tongyeong behind Olympic champion Emma Snowsill and featured three world championship series victories in Washington, Kitzbühel and Hamburg, not forgetting an impressive win at the Hy-Vee ITU Triathlon Elite Cup where she pocketed a cool $200,000. However the Aussie has been suffering with an injury, plantar fasciitis, which could hold her back in the race. Her training has been limited by the injury and so she may struggle to be fit enough come race day.
Sweden's Lisa Norden is the Australian's biggest threat as the 2007 under23 world champion posted a remarkably consistent run which included three silver medals in Madrid, Hamburg and London and a historic win at the final race in Yokohama. Lying just 120 points behind Moffatt, Norden will fancy her chances of causing an upset.
There are a further five athletes who can still mathematically win the series. Andrea Hewitt, the Madrid winner, sits in third with Daniela Ryf from Switzerland fourth, Sarah Haskins from the USA in fifth. Reigning world champion, Great Britain's Helen Jenkins sits in sixth and Juri Ide from Japan is seventh.
Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series Rankings
Following race seven of eight
1 Emma Moffatt, AUS. 3140pts
2 Lisa Norden, SWE. 3020pts
3 Andrea Hewitt, NZL. 2766pts
4 Daniela Ryf, SUI. 2374pts
5 Sarah Haskins, USA. 2189pts
6 Helen Jenkins, GBR. 2146pts
7 Juri Ide, JPN. 2133pts
8 Kathy Tremblay, CAN. 1940pts
9 Nicola Spirig, SUI. 1937pts
10 Lauren Groves, CAN. 1823pts
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