Commonwealth Youth Games: Double Delight for Anderson and Latham

9 Aug 2023

The Mixed Relay triathlon has concluded in stunning fashion, with Aspen Anderson (QLD) powering from behind to deliver another gold medal for Australia, alongside teammate Jack Latham (TAS).

Oscar Wootton (VIC) and Hannah Pollock (QLD) also joined forces to finish in 4th place, recording a time of 42:32.

With expected difficult conditions, the call was made to shorten the course, seeing each athlete complete one leg of the race rather than the expected two.

Latham and Wootton took to the course first for their respective teams, before tagging in Anderson and Pollock to complete the route.

However, it was Anderson’s day as she pushed from behind, closing the gap from third in the bike leg to lead during the run, claiming her second gold medal 25sec ahead of the team from Scotland.

“I’m really happy with that race as we’ve both worked really hard for it. We had good conditions and it worked for us,” Anderson said.

“I had a bit to catch up on and riding out by myself was a bit hard, but it was fun to chase and push through.

“I was trying to keep my head up and I knew if I was pushing myself that I could pull it off.”

Latham noted the difficult conditions that again played a role in the race, talking to the mentality of working through them to deliver the win.

“They were great conditions out there, really hot and humid again just like Sunday but we did really well under the conditions and I’m so happy that we got the job done today,” Latham said.

“On the course, I tried to dig deep, physically and mentally, trust the process, and rely on not just myself but everyone around me.”


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