Australia?s Erin Densham, front, sprints to win the U23 women ITU Triathlon World Championships, ahead of Emma Moffatt in Lausa
Australia?s Erin Densham, front, sprints to win the U23 women ITU Triathlon World Championships, ahead of Emma Moffatt in Lausa

Moffatt claims silver medal at world titles



COFFS Harbour's born and bred triathlon champion Emma Moffatt finished only three seconds behind compatriot Erin Densham to claim a silver medal in the ITU (triathlon) World Championships on Sunday afternoon.

The Aussie pair worked together to win the under-23 women's gold and silver medals in Lausanne before Wollongong's Densham outsprinted Moffatt in the closing stages of the 10km run to win by three seconds in a time of 2:08:18.

The only Australians in the race, Densham and Moffatt went into the 10km run leg locked in a battle up front with New Zealand's Nicky Samuels and Great Britain's Vanessa Raw.

They worked hard together, dropping Raw after 7.5km and seeing off Samuels in the closing stages before settling into a sprint duel.

The experienced Moffatt, who finished fourth in last year's under-23 world championship, was always in the hunt, emerging from the swim in second place, 40 seconds behind American Sara McLarty.

The 21 year-old was a long way from being shattered at coming so agonisingly close to claiming a world title.

"It feels really good come second at the U23 World Championships. It was a really tough race so I am delighted to have it over and done with," she said after crossing the line.

"I had a pretty good swim and managed to stay behind McLarty and she's good so that was good, and then the bike was pretty hard and I struggled up the hills. So I decided to pace myself and then gave it all I could on the run.

"These are the World Championships so the competition is tough but that's to be expected here and it's just great to be here and try to do the best for your country.

"The course was great and the hills were really tough and on the bike I was just at the back of the pack and really struggling but I decided to save myself for the run and it paid off."



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