Women?s winner, Emma Moffatt, strides out during the run leg.
Women?s winner, Emma Moffatt, strides out during the run leg.

Emma defends her Woolgoolga triathlon title

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

NOW that she studies at the University of Queensland, Emma Moffatt may no longer be considered a bona fide Woolgoolga girl, but it didn't stop her from using her local knowledge to win a second consecutive Woolgoolga triathlon yesterday.

Having only just returned from Japan where she represented Australia and finished fourth in the Under 23's of the World Championships, Moffatt was the clear pre-race favourite and she delivered in a strong display.

Leading from start to finish, Moffatt made the best of the near perfect triathlon conditions to come in well ahead of Alee Sharpe from Emerald Beach and Melissa Bullock.

"The local knowledge definitely helped," Moffatt admitted.

"I've been in this race a few times before so I knew what I was doing."

The Woolgoolga triathlon might not be at the top of the tree as far as the elite Australian events go but it still gives Moffatt a buzz to win in her home town.

"Just growing up here, you know a lot of people so it's good to come down here and win."

For the 21 year-old, yesterday's win was the perfect training run prior to the Commonwealth Games trials which will be held in in a fortnight's time in Melbourne.

Moffatt knows that qualifying for the games will be a difficult assignment but believes that going to Melbourne as an outsider will be a benefit more than a hindrance.

"I don't really have any expectations but I'll just see how I go," she added.

"There's no pressure on me so I can just can go as hard as I can and not worry about what happens."



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