TriRadar caught up with Australia’s Emma Moffatt ahead of tomorrow’s ITU Grand Final in Budapest, and the defending champion and current series leader was in confident mood…

She holds a slender lead in the women’s standings ahead of tomorrow’s ITU Grand Final and had just seen Jan Frodeno fail to hang onto his advantage in the men’s event. But Australia’s defending ITU World Champion Emma Moffatt was in no mood to relinquish her crown without a fight when we caught up with her ahead of tomorrow’s race.

Triathlon: Emma Moffatt“I feel fine, ready and as confident as I can be ahead of the race,” she said.

“My training has gone well and I am feeling pretty strong. It’ll be a tough race as always but I’m confident I can give my best showing. There’s lots of girls in with a shout of overtaking me so I’m going to have to be on top of my game but I feel ready.

“I’ve never raced here before so I don’t know the course too well, but I’ve been watching the men and will try and learn from some of their mistakes,” she said, in reference to the wet and incident-packed men’s event that had claimed several crash victims on the bike leg.

“You always have to be extra careful in these conditions. Hopefully it will dry out a little ahead of tomorrow, as it’s supposed to. But if not we’ll have to cope and it will be the same for everyone.”