Emma Moffatt.
Emma Moffatt. Cade Mooney

Beijing placing frustrates Moffatt

COFFS Coast product Emma Moffatt admits that her 11th place finish in the ITU Dextro World Championship final in Beijing was indicative of a frustrating season.

The Woolgoolga triathlete was hot on the heels of the leaders after the swim leg but the gap between her and the leaders continued to grow throughout the bike leg.

Moffatt finished on strongly and revealed after the race that she "took in a heap of water" during the swim and it created havoc in the early stages of the bike, slowing her down in transition and getting onto the bike.

"It cost me time and the chance to get on to that lead pack and it could have made a lot of difference," said Moffatt, who was just eight seconds behind after exiting teh water.

"I had a stitch going up that first hill and the girls just got that much further in front and they kept increasing her lead.

"It just wasn't happening in our pack and in the end the two minutes at the end of the bike was just too much time to give away."

Moffatt said it was always her plan to build into the race.

"It's a tough course and it was always the plan from the start to ease my way into the race and build on it," she said after recording the equal-fastest run split of 34 minutes 48 seconds along with teammate Felicity Abram, leaving the Australian coaches with the thought of "what might have been".

Moffatt's immediate focus now is on selection for the 2012 Olympic team.

The 27-year-old finished seventh overall on the series points list to put her name squarely in front of the eyes of the selectors for the next round of the discretionary Olympic selection process in November.



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