SO CLOSE: Former Woolgoolga local, Emma Moffatt has narrowly missed out on winning bronze in Rio.
SO CLOSE: Former Woolgoolga local, Emma Moffatt has narrowly missed out on winning bronze in Rio. Sang Tan

Emma Moffatt's battle for bronze in Rio

SECONDS separated Emma Moffatt from Great Britain's Vicky Holland in the battle for bronze during the individual womens triathlon in Rio overnight.

It was a hot contest for the podium spot with the former Woolgoolga local, Holland and fellow Briton Non Stanford and Chilean Bárbara Riveros Díaz giving it their all during the run to the finish line.

The Aussie medal hopeful finished in sixth place, missing out on winning another Olympic medal by a close 54 seconds to Holland.

Moffatt maintained third place for the majority of the swim leg but lost ground toward the end with the three-time Olympian leaving the water in 10th position.

After the race, the 31-year-old said she was happy with her performance throughout the event.

"I'm really happy with sixth," Moffatt told the ABC.

"Running down the finish line I had a smile on my face as though I won but I didn't but I'm really happy with sixth."

Moffatt finished 1 minute 39 seconds behind the gold medal winner Gwen Jorgensen.

The silver medal went to Swiss triathlete Nicola Spirig.

Other Aussies in the race were Erin Densham, who crossed the line at 12th place and Ashleigh Gentle finishing in 26th.



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