Jackson and Willian take ITU World Cup wins

Saturday 11 March 2017
It was double trouble for Australia in Mooloolaba on Saturday, with Emma Jackson and Luke Willian both adding their names to the winners list at the long-running ITU World Cup event.

Women’s Race Review
Australia’s Emma Jackson returned to the top of the World Cup podium for the first time in four years, with a strong all-round performance leading to her win at Mooloolaba on Saturday.

Jackson was one of the leaders out of the swim and then worked hard in a lead group of six on the bike to establish a gap to the chase, led by fellow Australian Ashleigh Gentle. While Jackson then spent the first lap of the run behind fellow Australian Emma Jeffcoat, the 2012 London Olympian sped up to take to the lead just before the 5km mark and was not headed from there.

She claimed the win in a time of 1hour 56minutes and 36seconds, and became the 11th Australian winner of the Mooloolaba ITU World Cup event. However she was slightly worried her race was over almost before it started, with a trip up on the beach start.

“I actually fell over running into the surf for the swim but I was fortunate enough to pick my self up and came out in the top two, so that was a good swim for me,” Jackson said. “We had a good group of girls who worked together on the bike and we had a gap back to Ashleigh which I was able to hold onto towards the end.

Jackson’s strong start was key in the In hot and humid conditions on Australia’s Sunshine Coast. Coming out beside Jeffcoat, they joined with Natalie Van Coevorden, Carolina Routier (ESP), Claudia Rivas (MEX) and Natalie van der Kaay (NZL) on the first lap of the bike.

That group then pulled together to push the pace and separate themselves from the chase led by Ashleigh Gentle. A second lap surge took the gap from 25 seconds to 35, and it was then followed up by another on the fifth, when it jumped to 44seconds. By the time the chase group hit the second transition Gentle started almost a minute behind the leaders.

While that was too much of a gap to catch Jackson, Gentle did pull out the fastest run split of the day, 35 minutes and 44 seconds, to run through the field to collect silver.

“I went to a few different places mentally throughout that two hours to be honest, I guess I built that run physically and mentally I felt better as the run went on. Early stages I didn’t even think I would be on the podium so I am really happy with second,” Gentle said.

“I am pretty happy, I was pretty happy to see the finish line to be honest it was a really hot hard race, especially over that course. But Jacko did really well, I’m happy for her. Gold Coast will be a hotly contested race in four weeks time.”

Behind her Mexico’s Claudia Rivas shrugged off her jetlag to push past Emma Jeffcoat in the final lap to take bronze. Rivas competed at the World Series opener in Abu Dhabi last weekend, and while she noted it was tough, the hot conditions helped her overtake Jeffcoat in the final lap to secure the podium place.

It was Rivas’ second ITU World Cup medal, her first came on a course with similar hot and humid weather in Huatulco and she said she enjoyed the conditions.

It marked Jackson’s third ITU World Cup win, after two titles in Tongyeong in 2013 and 2014. Jackson had spoken before the race how missing out on Rio Olympic selection had been a driving force to get back to her best.

The win was the 13th ITU Triathlon World Cup in Mooloolaba and Jackson is the fourth Australian women to add her name to the winners list, alongside Erin Densham, Emma Snowsill, Loretta Harrop and Annabel Luxford.

Men’s Race Review
It was just his second Olympic distance ITU World Cup event, but that didn’t stop Australia’s Luke Willian storming home to take the 2017 Mooloolaba ITU World Cup title in Australia on Saturday.

After a tough swim and bike in hot, humid and windy conditions in Mooloolaba, Willian pulled out a final lap surge that was enough to hold off fellow Australian Drew Box and New Zealand’s Sam Ward. Willian won in a time of 1 hour 43 minutes and 48 seconds.

As well as the World Cup title, Willian secured a spot on the Australian team racing at the Gold Coast World Series Triathlon in April - which is an official selection race for the Australian team at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“That’s been the goal for me getting to that race, and I’ve just done that,” Willian said.

The swim also played an important role in the men’s race, with a lead group of 11 getting away quickly from T1. That group, which included Tommy Zaferes, Kevin McDowell, Michael Lori, Sam Ward, worked strongly together to extend a gap to the chase, led by Crisanto Grajales. After sitting at around 40 seconds for the first few laps, the leaders extended that gap to 1:40 at T2.

From there it was Lori, Box, Ward, Willian and McDowell who pushed the pace. With one lap to go Lori fell off the back and it seemed set up for a sprint finish. But it was Willian that took the initiative on the hill and strode away for the first World Cup win of his career.

Box finished second but noted it was bittersweet.

“Mixed emotions actually, I needed to come first of the Aussies to get the spot to trial for Commonwealth Games. But I couldn’t have done anything more, I stayed up there as long as I could. It came down to maybe the last kilometre, Luke got in front of me,” Box said. “Luke is a good mate of mine so for him to win I couldn’t be happier, and it’s another podium for me. I’m doing better than I ever have, so if I can keep getting podiums I will be happy with that.”

New Zealand’s Sam Ward collected the bronze, his first World Cup medal.

“I gave it everything I had, but I just couldn’t get that win. But I’m really happy, managing to stay away. I was stoked about that, to get in that front group, we worked really hard,” Ward said.

Behind them Grajales recorded the fastest run split of the day, 31:15, to run his way up to fifth spot.
ITU Triathlon (triathlon.org)


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