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Emma still shooting for London

Last night’s top 10 finish in the USA has Emma Moffatt on target for the London Olympics.
Last night’s top 10 finish in the USA has Emma Moffatt on target for the London Olympics. john mccutcheon

TRIATHLETE Emma Moffatt's London Olympics campaign continued building momentum despite last night's ninth placing in the Dextro Energy ITU event in San Diego.

The Coffs Northern Beaches-raised star's close friend and rival Erin Densham finished second in another bold selection bid for the Games, behind World number one Helen Jenkins.

All eyes were on the Australian girls with just one more race to be contested in Madrid before the London team is finalised on May 31.

Other Aussies in the running were emerging star Ashleigh Gentle 10th, Emma Jackson 14th and reigning Olympic champion Emma Snowsill 17th.

With Moffatt already pre-nominated there are two places to be finalised by the end of the month.

Australian head coach Shaun Stephens said there were certainly improvements across the board from the Australian girls but they still "lacked a gear."

"Jenkins was in a league of her own today - an amazing performance all round to work as hard as she did in the swim and the bike and then kick away on the run - it was her day and she fully deserved the win," he said.

Stephens said to have three Australians in the top ten was an encouraging day and with three months before the Olympics there was still time to put it all together.

"Moffatt probably should have been with that lead group after a good first lap of the swim," he said.

"She was in the chase group on the bike but then worked hard to put together a great run as did Gentle who at 20 is showing great promise."

Densham, who had surgery to correct her accelerated heart rate two years ago, was always well positioned and worked the second 750m lap of the swim which saw Moffatt and Jenkins dominate early, with Moffatt using her surf wading skills to ensure she had some clear water.

The ITU Sydney race winner knew she had to be in the lead group coming out of the water to stay in touch with Jenkins and the US trio Laura Bennett, Sarah Groff and Sarah Haskins.

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