Emma Moffatt is a hot favourite to win the Geelong 70.3 half ironman on Sunday.
Emma Moffatt is a hot favourite to win the Geelong 70.3 half ironman on Sunday. Contributed

Longer prep helping Moffatt's short-term goal

SIMPLY because she's tackling a longer distance event this weekend, don't for a second think Woolgoolga product Emma Moffatt has taken her eye off the major prize of a gold medal at this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

On Sunday Moffatt will be competing in the Geelong 70.3 half ironman involving a 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and 21km run. Distances that cover twice the ground of an Olympic distance event.

The 29 year-old said competing in the longer event is actually beneficial to her preparations for her Commonwealth Games debut in July.

"This helps me get a good base in so that if I get injured or a little sick and miss a day or two here or there I will still have the kilometres in my legs," Moffatt said.

The multiple-world champion and Olympic bronze medallist in Beijing said her goals for this year were Glasgow gold as well as a world championship series medal.

Moffatt is also hoping a good result on Sunday will qualify her to race for another major crown at the world 70.3 championships in Canada.

"They are a week after the last race of the world championship series so hopefully I will still have some good form there," she said.



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