Emma Moffatt comes past the crowd to the finish line.
Emma Moffatt comes past the crowd to the finish line. Cade Mooney

Dream start would be a home win

A VICTORY on home soil is something that proud Woolgoolga girl, Emma Moffatt, would cherish if it came her way in Sydney tomorrow.

For the past two seasons the Sydney race has been the opening event of the ITU world championship series but twice Moffatt has been denied a win in front of friends and family cheering her on in front of the Sydney Opera House.

Being so close yet so far away is providing motivation for the two-time reigning world champion, despite winning the 2009 and 2010 Dextro Energy Triathlon Series.

The 26 year old just missed out in 2009 when she finished second to fellow Australian Emma Snowsill and last year in Sydney Moffatt was beaten to the line in a sprint by Chile’s Barbara Riveros Diaz and New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt.

Despite failing to win by such small margins, the pocket dynamo admits that racing in Sydney still provides her with some of her best memories.

“The atmosphere was wonderful last year – one of my most enjoyable races, considering the amazing backdrop and great home-town support,” Moffatt said.

Wanting to win is one thing. Actually doing it is another and Moffatt has a tough task ahead of her tomorrow.

Almost all of the top 20 triathletes in the world will be lining up on the starting grid and all of them have eyes on Moffatt’s world crown.

Further emphasising the quality of the field in Sydney is the fact nine of the top 10 triathletes in the world are ready and raring to go.

Moffatt has enlisted Ian Thorpe’s former swim coach in her quest to become the first woman in history to win three successive world crowns.

The Beijing bronze medallist has revealed that she was put through her paces by Tracey Menzies at a recent AIS camp as she prepares to kick off her campaign for her world triathlon three-peat tomorrow.

Moffatt, who trains with Dennis Cottrell on the Gold Coast, said she had made minor changes to her technique she hopes will continue to keep her ahead of the pack in the lead-up to the London Olympics.

“You need to be making little improvements all the time in this sport,” Moffatt said.

“You can’t be left behind.

“I got some swimming tips and advice from her which was great.

“It’s always good to take aboard new information and I hope it improves my technique.”

Having claimed the national title in Mooloolaba a fortnight ago and getting the jump on her rivals for selection in next year’s Olympic team, Moffatt said that she’s just trying to concentrate on getting her 2011 campaign off to a good start.

“I just want to go out and enjoy the moment and try not to look too far ahead,” she said.

“This is a long season and everyone has an eye on Olympic qualification (for London in 2012) during the races later in the year.

“So it’s a matter of working hard but smart.”

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