Triathlete Emma Moffatt
Triathlete Emma Moffatt Sunshine Coast Daily/Cade Mooney

Moffatt under pressure

THE blowtorch of pressure will be applied to Emma Moffatt when she contests the opening leg of the new global triathlon series in South Korea, next month.

The Northern Beaches-raised Olympian will spearhead an elite women's team at the Dextro Energy ITU World Championship event in Tongyeong on May 2 and 3, now reduced to three participants after the deletion of Erin Densham and Felicity Abram.

Densham, and last year's number two-ranked ITU performer Abram, were forced to withdraw after being selected, due to recent viruses that have prevented them from completing the necessary training required to compete in elite company.

Olympic gold medallist Emma Snowsill and former world number one Annabel Luxford, will join Moffatt in the Aussie assault.

Despite being reduced in size, national performance director Michael Flynn, said the squad will be ultra competitive in the chase for $US150,000 prize money.

“There's proven strength and (the two Emma's) are obviously world class,” he said.

Moffatt is now training with Snowsill's partner and coach, Craig Walton, and has quickly shrugged off the disappointment she felt last month after again finishing second at the Mooloolaba Triathlon, held near her current base of operations.

“It's good to get that first race out of the way,” she said.

“Now I can keep working hard before the first World Championship race in South Korea.”

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