Moffatt misses elusive maiden win
OLYMPIC bronze medallist Emma Moffatt's hopes of a breakthrough victory at Mooloolaba on Sunday were dashed when Canadian Kirsten Sweetland pipped her in Australia's only leg of the ITU World Cup series.
After a string of relatively poor results on the Sunshine Coast in the past, the Coffs Coast's Olympic star was hoping that this year would bring her a maiden World Cup victory on home soil but Sweetland spoiled the party.
The swim venue in Mooloolaba changed from the coast to a local river because of large swells in the Pacific and a breakaway group of eight including Sweetland, Moffatt, eventual third-place getter and current under-23 world champion Daniela Ryf of Switzerland and Oceania champion Annabel Luxford all emerged from the water and established a healthy lead on the cycle.
The lead group carried a 90-second advantage into the run.
Moffatt and Sweetland got off to a quick start with Ryf holding on to third place ahead of New Zealand's Nicky Samuels.
Sweetland managed to drop Moffatt by the halfway point on the run and continued to extend her advantage crossing the line 55 seconds ahead of the local favourite.
“That hurt out there, especially on the second part of the run,” Moffatt said.
“The hills and the wind were a real battle on what was a challenging course today. The swim felt like there was a surf, and the bike was very windy, especially coming back into town and transition.”
On the bright side though it was Moffatt's best result and a first on the podium in her home World Cup.
“It is nice to finally get Mooloolaba out of the way in terms of a good result,” she admitted.
“I have had a reasonably short prep with just five weeks with my new coach (Craig Walton) so I feel good and am looking forward to the season ahead.”