SWIM, RIDE, RUN: Australian triathlete Emma Moffatt will be competing in her third Olympic triathlon tonight.
SWIM, RIDE, RUN: Australian triathlete Emma Moffatt will be competing in her third Olympic triathlon tonight. TRACEY NEARMY

Our Emma is tri-ing for gold

EMMA Moffatt is feeling as good as she ever has in a career that has delivered an Olympic bronze medal and two world championships.

Hopefully the proud Woolgoolga girl can turn that confidence into a crowning glory on what's been a magnificent career when she hits the water at Rio's Copacabana Beach at midnight tonight for the women's triathlon.

Even if she stands on the medal dais again tonight, Moffatt is by no means planning to exit the sport completely after Rio and will reassess after the Games.

"I've been 100% focusing on Rio and then I'll reassess then but I won't have another four years in me,” Moffatt said.

"That's quite a long time to try to be at the top of the game but I think I'll see how I go now and take it from there.”

The 31-year-old won her bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Games and hopes the similarities between the hilly course and climate and what she will face at Rio tonight is a good omen.

Moffatt said the standard of triathletes competing hadn't gone up a lot since her first Games in 2008 but the increased number of those performing at the top level had made it more competitive.

One athlete both she and the rest of the field will be looking out for though is Gwen Jorgensen.

The American has dominated the run legs over the past 12 months. A domination that has seen her string together 17 straight wins.

Moffatt admits both she and the other triathletes decide their race tactics around Jorgensen's renowned strong finishes.

It's for this reason we can expect to see Moffatt - who will be cheered on by her parents who've made the trip to Rio - and many of the other triathletes try to race ahead in the 1.5km swim and 40km bike ride.

"Everybody also knows that if she (Jorgensen) is within a minute-and-a-half of you off the bike then you don't have much chance on that run,” she said.

Hopefully there's a big enough gap after the bike leg that will allow the local star, who lives and trains on the Gold Coast, to hold on in that final gruelling 10km run leg.



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