Moffatt records impressive triathlon win in USA

Woolgoolga product Emma Moffatt after finishing the URBAN Geelong long course event earlier in 2013.
Woolgoolga product Emma Moffatt after finishing the URBAN Geelong long course event earlier in 2013. Contributed

WOOLGOOLGA product Emma Moffatt is one of the favourites for the upcoming ITU World Triathlon Championship Grand Final.

The 29 year-old has put the finishing touches to her preparations with a stunning victory in the Hy-Vee $500,000 Des Moines Triathlon in the United States.

A two-time Olympian and two-time former World Champion, Moffatt took full advantage of the withdrawal of Great Britain's Leanda Cave and Sweden's London Olympic silver medallist Lisa Norden to lead an Australian quinella with Melissa Hauschildt finishing second over the Olympic distance non-drafting course.

Moffatt collected a prize purse of $US100,000  for her efforts.

The 2008 Olympic bronze medallist, who has switched training camps to join Darren Smith's group, took the lead in the transition from bike to run in the non-drafting format and won by 1 minute 26 seconds to Hauschildt.

"I didn't really look back….but I couldn't ease off," Moffatt said post-race.

"It's definitely a different type of racing….it's up to yourself and you can't sit back and draft off people….I didn't know I had it in me….I'm pretty happy."

The 2013 ITU World Championships will be staged in London between September 11 and 15.



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