Delight ... Emma Moffatt crosses the winning line.
Delight ... Emma Moffatt crosses the winning line.

Beijing bound

By GREG WHITE

THE extraordinary run of Emma Moffatt is continuing with the former Northern Beaches triathlete winning her third International event in less than a month in New Zealand yesterday.

Moffatt took out the Oceania Triathlon Championship in Wellington from a fellow Aussie, Annabel Luxford, with Kiwi local Nicky Samuels in third place.

Coffs Harbour's other representative athlete, Alee Sharp, finished seventh in the elite field of eight starters.

This latest victory proves Moffatt has what it takes to be a strong contender at the Beijing Olympics.

"It was a great race today, I'm really happy with my win," an excited Moffatt said.

"A tough one though as staying with Annabel and Andrea Hewitt on the bike really pushed me at times."

With a solid swim under her belt, Moffatt made her exit from the water alongside Luxford and New Zealander Andrea Hewitt and the three race favourites stuck to each other until the final transition into the run leg.

Very early in the run, Moffatt made her break to set up a 10-second gap which widened across the race.

"Three wins in a row feels pretty good but I know that in terms of the Olympics this is when the pressure increases," she said.

"If I'm looking at going to Beijing, I need to continue working hard."



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