By Peter Holmes on 10/09/09 at 11:13 am
With the deciding leg of the Dextro Energy Triathlon â€“ ITU World Championship Series coming up on Sunday the top contenders spoke to the worldâ€™s media at the Gold Coast Grand Final to talk about their aspirations for race day.
Local attention focussed on Emma Moffatt, the Australian Olympic Games bronze medallist.
â€œI guess Iâ€™ve had my best year yet, but the whole season has been leading into this weekend so letâ€™s see if I can finish it off and have a good race. Iâ€™m thinking of it as another race, although there is that incentive of being the world champion if you go well. I think the season has turned out well, Iâ€™ve enjoyed the series and the points system and I think itâ€™s been good for our sport and it makes this weekendâ€™s race particularly exciting. Weâ€™ve got over 900 age group athletes racing for Australia so hopefully they wonâ€™t be too tired after their racing to come and support us, itâ€™s a real privilege to be on home turf.â€
Her biggest challenger is the ever improving Lisa Norden from Sweden who fondly calls the Gold Coast her second home.
â€œIâ€™ve been getting stronger and stronger with every race so Iâ€™m looking forward to going out and seeing if I have even more in the tank now. Iâ€™ve never really had any high expectations of myself and Iâ€™ve been going through my triathlon career one step at a time, but last year was a bit of a breakthrough for me and I knew I could make it. This race is probably as tough for me now as stepping into the under 23 world champs in 2007, so every race is a big challenge and Iâ€™ve just got to do my best to get a good result out of it. The Gold Coast is a bit like a back yard away from Europe and Iâ€™ve put in some great weeks of training since being back here after Yokohama, so Iâ€™m looking forward to getting out there and having a go.â€
Andrea Hewitt gave the media some insight into how the race may pan out over the relatively flat course.
â€œIâ€™ve raced really well this season and Iâ€™m looking forward to the Grand Final. I really want to keep my ranking and grab a world championship medal. Iâ€™ll be looking out for the girls around me, but itâ€™s such a strong field that anyone could take the win. I think the race will come down to the run, weâ€™re all so close in the swim and bike and then itâ€™ll be a big head to head; I canâ€™t see anyone letting an attack go on the bike.â€
Daniela Ryf could have defended her 2008 under 23 world championship title on the Gold Coast, but after a super year is firmly focussed on the elite competition.
â€œWhen I started the season my goal was just to race a lot and have fun, but itâ€™s turned out really well and Iâ€™ve had some great results. The level of running is so close between us at elite level, whereas when I won the under 23 world championships last year it was more about getting away on the bike and competing against much fewer athletes. Iâ€™ve really enjoyed travelling to the different cities throughout the series, for example Washington was a really cool race and Hamburg was awesome with lots of spectators. The improved live coverage and media has really helped our sport and this year has been a great step in making triathlon more popular.â€
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