Heavy storms in Northern Hungary could not dampen the spirited performance of Emma Jeffcoat (Warringah Tri Club), who advanced from the rain-delayed first semi-final bested by fellow New South Wales native Natalie Van Coevorden (Macarthur Triathlon Club), before capturing the elite women’s 2019 Tiszaújváros ITU World Cup on Sunday.
“You really won’t wipe the smile off my face,” the 24-year-old Jeffcoat told TriathlonLIVE.tv immediately after the race. "To have come away with the win here in Tiszy just blows my mind, I’m really happy.”
After a completing three laps of a 750-metre swim and eight laps of a 20-kilometre bike, it all came down to the famous blue carpet inside the last 100m the end of the four-lap 5km run.
In the end, Jeffcoat was able to rally behind her remaining rivals Sara Vilic (AUT), Kelly-Ann Perkins (AUS) and Miriam Casillas (ESP) to take the victory right on the line a mere second off the winning time. Van Coevorden, who lost pace on the final lap, finished fifth just three seconds adrift of the winner.
“I’m pretty determined when you give me a bit of a challenge, so when it came down to a sprint finish, I’ve always just thought go for it and never look back. It worked today. I just kept going right into that line and just gave it everything I had, and to take that tape is like literally so surreal.”
The win marks the first singles win for Jeffcoat since capturing gold at the Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup in China last year. Jeffcoat joined Luke Willian (QLD), Tasmanian Jake Birtwhistle and a pair of Queenslanders, Luke Willian and Ashleigh Gentle, in a winning effort at the Daman World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series in Abu Dhabi in March.
The Warringah Triathlon Club member is currently ranked 38th by the World Triathlon Series (WTS) and 49th by the ITU, while Van Coevorden is currently 23rd in WTS and 20th in ITU rankings.
Fellow Triathlon NSW member Tamsyn Moana-Veale (Coogee Tri Club) finished 20th (1:01:25) on the day, while Queenslander Brittany Dutton crossed in 26th overall (1:02:32).
In elite men’s action, American Eli Hemming (53:43) narrowly took the victory away from Queenslander Ryan Fisher (53:44) and South African Wian Sullwald (53:43).
FINAL ELITE WOMEN
Top 5 results:
- Emma Jeffcoat (AUS/NSW), 59:28
- Sara Vilic (AUT), 59:29
- Kelly-Ann Perkin (AUS), 59:29
- Miriam Casillas (ESP), 59:29
- Natalie Van Coevorden (AUS/NSW), 59:31
FINAL ELITE MEN
Top 5 results:
- Eli Hemming (USA), 53:43
- Ryan Fisher (AUS/QLD), 53:44
- Wian Sullwald (RSA), 53:44
- Csongor Lehmann (HUN), 53:49
- Barclay Izzard (GBR), 53:52