Moffatt is ready to conquer the world

FORMER Coffs Harbour triathlete Emma Moffatt is preparing for the race of her life this Saturday evening (AEST) when she competes in the the ITU World Triathlon Championships.

Along with fellow Aussies Annabel Luxford, Erin Densham and three-time World Champion Emma Snowsill, the 22-year-old will meet with the world's best females who will all be vying for the title of world champion in the German city of Hamburg.

And the human movement student is a realistic chance of becoming this country's next world champion.

Moffatt has been in outstanding form in 2007 as evidenced by her maiden World Cup victory in Edmonton and second placing only two and a half weeks ago in the Hungarian town of Tiszaujvaros.

In all, 78 women will contest this year's World Championships, with Australia's main competition expected from top gun Vanessa Fernandes of Portugal, who has four World Cup wins and a third placing across the 2007 racing season.

Also gearing up to take on the Aussies will be a troupe of New Zealander's starring Debbie Tanner, Samantha Warriner and Andrea Hewitt.

Laura Bennett will be waving the stars and stripes, along with 19-year-old Kirsten Sweetland of Canada, who has earned placings twice this season, winning in Richards Bay, South Africa, and placing second behind Moffatt in Edmonton.

The World Championships course is set for the Olympic distance, which comprises a 1.5 kilometre swim, a 40km bike ride and will finish with a 10km run.

The course has been described as flat and fast, with a solid bike course due to the many corners and narrow roads through the streets of the downtown area in Hamburg.

The 10km run course is flat and very fast, ensuring the weekend's racing will be fast and furious.

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