It’s been a weekend of Australian dominance at the ITU World Championships in Hamburg, with Emma Moffatt repeating her boyfriend and coach Brad Kahlefeldt’s success yesterday.
In an unusual first, it was not only an all-Australian podium but an all-Emma 1-2-3 with Emma Jackson and reigning Olympic champion Emma Snowsill fighting right to the line for a photo finish that showed Jackson had edged it by a split second.
As in the men’s race yesterday, some of the ITU World Championships Series’ main players were sitting out this round, saving themselves for Olympic qualification in London in three weeks’ time, so new superstar Paula Findlay of Canada and Britain’s Helen Jenkins were missing. But the performance of the Australian women showed they’ll be a force to reckon with again as the one-year countdown to London 2012 begins.
Snowsill has suffered a number of setbacks in the last year but remains one of the most fierce female runners on the circuit, as she showed at the grand final in Budapest last year. Having worked on her swim recently, she was among the lead group into T1 today and stayed in contention right up the last lap of the run, when Moffatt made her decisive move. Running with the three Australians was another incredibly consistent performer, New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt, while another powerful runner, Barbara Riveros Diaz, was in the chasing group. At the end of the final lap Moffatt just pulled clear to take the win.
“It was a wonderful day, Emma-Emma-Emma, I think it’s almost unimaginable that we could do it, but it’s a great day,” said Moffatt afterwards. “Usually it’s a few steps with [Emma Snowsill] then she’s gone but I tried to match her then I felt strong on the third lap so I tried to push it and I guess that’s where I made my break.”
Emma Jackson said: “I felt very proud to be up there running with them, the Olympic champion and world champion. It’s a great result for Australia with Brad winning yesterday.”
Meanwhile Emma Snowsill said she was pleased to have found her swim form again. “The swim’s been there in training which has been really frustrating, so to put it together in a race is just such a relief. I think its a sign of things to come that the [Australian] girls are coming back; when you come from such a strong nation all eyes are always upon you. I’m really proud to be part of the Aussie girls today especially to be on the podium with the other Emmas.”
Today’s result pushes Barbara Riveros Diaz to the top of the ITU World Championships Series leader board, with Paula Findlay moving down to second place.
- Emma Moffatt (AUS) 1:53:37
- Emma Jackson (AUS) 1:53:44
- Emma Snowsill (AUS) 1:53:44
- Andrea Hewitt (NZE) 1:53:59
- Barbara Riveros Diaz (CHI) 1:54:32
- Ainhoa Murua (ESP) 1:54:33
- Erin Densham (AUS) 1:54:43
- Danne Boterenbrood (NED) 1:54:56
- Jodie Stimpson (GBR) 1:54:57
- Svenja Bazlen (GER) 1:54:59
The next race in the series will be the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU WCS London in Hyde Park on August 5-6. The race will be shown live on the BBC and at www.triathlonlive.tv
Photo: Delly Carr/ITU/triathlon.org