Four emerging Australian teenagers, which included a NSW U23 Development Athlete and rising star, have won the second Triathlon Australia Mixed Relay Invitational on the Gold Coast.
The foursome - Charlotte Derbyshire (SA), Oscar Dart (VIC), Emily Jamgotchian (NSW) and Lorcan Redmond (NSW), representing the Australia Gold team came from behind to beat Queensland No 1 and New Zealand in a exciting day’s racing at the Sports Super Centre at Runaway Bay.
It’s only the second time the event has been held, after Canada beat the USA and Australia filled the podium last year as the newly included Olympic event for Tokyo 2020 continues to become the buzz event of the triathlon world – and with Australia ranked No 1 in the world in the current Olympic rankings.
The event that started out with 16 teams and two heats in the morning was condensed into A and B finals in an afternoon of frantic exchanges through the short, sharp exiting Relay with each of the four team members completing a 300m M shaped swim in the Centre’s 50m Olympic Pool.
It was then a seven-kilometre bike –five laps of the Luke Harrop Memorial Criterium course behind Runaway Bay before a 1.5km run on the athletics track.
NSW's Jamgotchian said: “I had a lot of fun out there today, I was happy with my swim and then getting out on the bike I just gave it everything.
“Every second counted. I knew the closer I could get to the leaders before the hand over to Lorcan was the key, I just gave it everything I had on the run.
“If we didn’t have Lorcan on our team I don’t know what would have happened. He definitely brought it home that’s for sure.”
Jamgotchian said she was greatly inspired for the leading Australian elites.
“You can really see how well they work together as a team and I think today we all came together as one. It was a really fun experience,” said Jamgotchian.
A humble 19-year-old Redmond, TNSW U23 development triathlete, who cut his teeth in Newcastle as an outstanding Youth and Australian Junior Champion, is now with the Jamie Turner group, alongside the likes of Commonwealth Games Relay gold medallist Ashleigh Gentle and World Cup champion Declan Wilson.
“My job was only to build on what these guys had set and they put me in a really good position so I just had to finish it off,” said Redmond.
“I knew we could win and we did – that was the goal.
“It’s an event you can win an Olympic medal in, you can win a world title, it’s just as important as the individual event and that’s why you can’t afford to make any mistakes and you have to recover well and back up after an individual event.
“It was a fun day, a fun event and looking forward to more relays with these guys in the future. It’s a very familiar location, where we all competed in the Youth and Junior events here.”
And the final word on Australia’s Elite competitors such as Jacob Birtwhistle, Matt Hauser, Luke Willian and Ashleigh Gentle.
“They have served our country well, They’ve won the gold medals and it opens all the juniors eyes, that they maybe say ‘I don’t have the potential to win an individual medal but they could win a Team Relay medal and it’s something that specialists might come into and build on their strengths,” said Redmond.
The Australia Gold Team collected $2000 for their win thanks to a Triathlon Australia partnership with the City of Gold Coast with second place and $1000 going ton Queensland (Chloe McLennan, Luke Harvey, Richelle Hill and Lachlan Jones) with New Zealand Brea Roderick, Dawid Martin, Ari Graham and Sam Betham) taking third and $500.