HARD ROAD: Emma Moffatt (extreme left) battles to the line in the Gold Coast ITU event.
HARD ROAD: Emma Moffatt (extreme left) battles to the line in the Gold Coast ITU event. EWO Images

Moffatt’s road to Rio has begun

TRIATHLETE Emma Moffatt is on the home straight of a stellar career that began on the Coffs Coast, but again she's proved she's the best in Australia.

Moffatt defied the odds to finish 12th in the latest World Triathlon Series race on the Gold Coast behind American Gwen Jorgensen, but admitted it was a "tough day in the office".

"That was really hard and I came out here today to see where I was at," she said.

"I didn't have the greatest swim, but this is where it is.

"I've got a lot of work to do but I've got the time to do it so it was good to find that out here."

Golden Gwen raced away from fellow countrywomen Sarah True and Katie Zaferes to win comfortably.

The United States trio completed only the second-ever podium clean sweep in ITU history.

The first was provided by Triathlon Australia's famous Emma-athon - when Moffatt, Jackson and Snowsill created history in 2011 with the first-ever podium sweep in a World Triathlon Series race in Hamburg.

Moffatt was the only surviving Emma of four years ago.

Emma Jackson waits in the wings recovering from injury while retired Olympic gold medallist Emma Snowsill actually provided expert television commentary on the race for the ITU.

Moffatt admitted the US domination has been coming.

"Good on them, it's good to see. They're setting the benchmark so we've all got to rise to that," she said.

The Aussies have sights firmly set on the Rio Test event in August and automatic Olympic qualification if they can podium in that race.

"It's going to be tough, keeping the big picture very much in mind," Moffatt added.



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