Emma Moffatt.
Emma Moffatt. Cade Mooney

Run leg brings Moffatt downfall

A DISAPPOINTING run leg in Sunday’s opening round of ITU women’s world triathlon championships in Sydney means Woolgoolga product Emma Moffatt will have to wait at least one more year to record a win on home soil.

In her third attempt to win the World Cup event in Sydney Moffatt was well and truly in the hunt to start the defence of her world title in perfect fashion before fading to finish 13th.

Moffatt was well placed after the swim and bike legs but couldn’t retain contact with a breakaway group of six after eventual winner Canadian Paula Findlay set a cracking pace on the run leg that left the field in her wake.

Having finished second in Mooloolaba a fortnight earlier, the 26- year-old felt she was in peak condition for the race but the disappointing finish left Moffatt feeling that competing in Queensland so soon before the series opener may have been an error in judgment.

“I don’t know if it was Mooloolaba fatigue but I got stitches on the run and I just couldn’t go,” Moffatt said.

In a consolation on Sunday night, Moffatt was named as a joint winner with Emma Snowsill of the female individual performance of the year at Triathlon Australia’s annual awards dinner.

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