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GLASGOW-BOUND EMMA MOFFATT BEST OF AUSSIES IN CHICAGO


GLASGOW-BOUND EMMA MOFFATT BEST OF AUSSIES IN CHICAGO

The Gold Coast's two-time world champion Emma Moffatt has finished an encouraging sixth in today's ITU Chicago World Triathlon Series round after she was first off the bike.

Moffatt, who will represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next month, put together an impressive swim and drove the lead group hard on the bike.

Wollongong-based American star Gwen Jorgensen ran through the field after giving away over a minute on the bike to win a record sixth ITU gold ahead of Helen Jenkins (GBR) and Juri Ide (Japan).

But Moffatt is sure to be heartened by her race, despite fading on the run early she hung in and will now set herself for the sprint format round in Hamburg just 10 days before the Games (July 25) and will now head to Spain to train.

Jenkins, very much on the comeback trail, after missing most of last year through injury, will race for Wales in Glasgow.

Another encouraging performance came from Australia's Under 23 ITU World Champion Charlottle McShane who was right with Moffatt in the swim and also worked hard on the bike to mix it with the lead bunch, showing good signs to finish 10th.

McShane has been training with Jorgensen in Jamie Turner's Wollongong Wizards group in their Spanish camp in Vitoria.

Recent ITU World Cup winner and Duathlon Under 23 gold medallist, Brisbane's Stephen Moss coached Gillian Backhouse, also showed some positive signs to finish 15th in her WTS debut.

Gillian Backhouse-Chicago
Photo- ITU 

While Deaflympic representative Melinda Vernon again showed her tenacity to run through the pack to finish 27th.

Vernon, a brilliant runner and former Deafalympic champion and City To Surf winner, was the 50th Australian to receive a Cochlear implant.

After starting out as a swimmer, carving a career as a runner, the girl from Penrith is now very much making a name for herself under the coaching of Darren Smith, in triathlon.

Triathlon Australia National Performance Director, Bernard Savage, was pleased with the improved performance of Moffatt and McShane swim.

“The girls will all be encouraged by their efforts – certainly an improvement for Emma, so that’s a good sign and Charlotte put herself in the game with a great swim,” said Savage.

“Gillian’s first time in a WTS race was a good result for her and she learnt a lot and Melinda was also encouraging.”

ITU Article



Elite Women 

1.

Gwen Jorgensen

USA

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01:55:33

2.

Helen Jenkins

GBR

Description: B

01:55:53

3.

Juri Ide

JPN

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01:56:00

4.

Annamaria Mazzetti

ITA

Description: T

01:56:56

5.

Charlotte Bonin

ITA

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01:57:04

6.

Emma Moffatt

AUS

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01:57:08

7.

Kirsten Sweetland

CAN

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01:57:08

8.

Vendula Frintova

CZE

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01:57:18

9.

Lisa Perterer

AUT

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01:57:25

10.

Charlotte McShane

AUS

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01:58:03