Ranked 1 - Moffatt & Brownlee

by World Triathlon Admin on 05 Sep, 2009 12:00

Despite collecting a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympic Games attention in Australia and across the world was focussed on Olympic champion Emma Snowsill, rather than compatriot Emma Moffatt. However 2009 has seen the tables turned and it’s Moffatt who heads the Dextro Energy Triathlon – ITU World Championship Series with just the Grand Final on Gold Coast remaining. Troubles are aplenty for the Aussie with Lisa Norden, Andrea Hewitt and another four women all with a shot of landing the title; and a heel injury has also scuppered her training. An exciting final race is assured.

Name: Emma Moffatt
Age: 26
Born: Moree, Australia
Lives: Brisbane, Australia

The opening race of the year in Tongyeong was incidentally the last time Moffatt was beaten as she pushed Snowsill hard to take silver in Korea. Washington, DC saw the result reversed with Moffatt charging away from her team mate to take a resounding victory before beating again her the following week at the Hy-Vee ITU Triathlon Elite Cup where she pocketed $200,000. A further runaway victory in Kitzbühel put her firmly in the driving seat, and a gutsy ride in Hamburg to bridge up to Norden and Ryf gave her win number three of the Dextro Energy Triathlon – ITU World Championship Series.

Dextro Energy Triathlon – ITU World Championship Series Rankings
1 Emma Moffatt, AUS. 3140pts
2 Lisa Norden, SWE. 3020pts
3 Andrea Hewitt, NZL. 2766pts
4 Daniela Ryf, SUI. 2374pts
5 Sarah Haskins, USA. 2189pts

How Emma Moffatt can guarantee the title:
If Moffatt collects a gold or silver medal in Australia, then no one will be able to deny her a first world championship title.
If Norden finishes in the top six then Moffatt cannot be more than one position behind to stop Norden snatching the title in the final race.
If Norden finishes seventh or lower, then Moffatt cannot be more than two positions behind to prevent the world championship staying in Europe.

Alistair Brownlee first put himself on the triathlon radar when he broke through as a junior, winning the 2006 world title before finishing second a year later. 2008 saw the youngster claim his first world series podium, the u23 world title and twelfth place at the Olympic Games, having lead for much of the opening run section. The past six months of racing have seen the Brit stand on the podium in every race he has competed in, with just one loss.

Name: Alistair Brownlee
Age: 21
Born: Leeds, England
Lives: Leeds, England

Throughout the year the Yorkshireman has proved himself capable of winning in every scenario as he soared to four straight wins. In Madrid and Washington, DC he was involved in breakaways out of the swim, utilising his superior run strength to later accelerate from his rivals in the final discipline. In Kitzbühel he waited until the run before launching his deciding attack, and despite working hard in London to try and keep a breakaway ahead of the chasers, he still had the strength to hold everyone off over 10km of running.

Dextro Energy Triathlon – ITU World Championship Series Rankings
1. Alistair Brownlee, GBR. 3200pts
2. Javier Gomez, ESP. 2849pts
3. Kris Gemmell, NZL. 2559pts
4. Maik Petzold, GER. 2493pts
5. Laurent Vidal, FRA. 2404pts

How Alistair Brownlee can guarantee the world championship title:
If Brownlee finishes in the top five in Gold Coast then no one will be able to stop the Brit from winning his first world championship title.

Related Event: 2009 Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Grand Final Gold Coast
09 - 13 Sep, 2009 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Alistair Brownlee GBR 01:44:51
2. Javier Gomez Noya ESP 01:44:57
3. Jan Frodeno GER 01:45:21
4. Maik Petzold GER 01:45:25
5. Courtney Atkinson AUS 01:45:27
Results: Elite Women
1. Emma Moffatt AUS 01:59:14
2. Lisa Norden SWE 01:59:19
3. Helen Jenkins GBR 01:59:41
4. Sarah Haskins USA 01:59:52
5. Annabel Luxford AUS 02:00:07
Results: U23 Men
1. Franz Löschke GER 01:46:19
2. James Seear AUS 01:46:25
3. Joao Pereira POR 01:46:32
4. Tony Dodds NZL 01:46:39
5. Jonathan Zipf GER 01:46:41
Results: U23 Women
1. Hollie Avil GBR 01:56:38
2. Jodie Stimpson GBR 01:57:01
3. Paula Findlay CAN 01:57:15
4. Vicky Holland GBR 01:57:30
5. Yuliya Yelistratova UKR 01:59:48
Results: Junior Men
1. Mario Mola ESP 00:54:35
2. Jonathan Brownlee GBR 00:54:50
3. Kristóf Király HUN 00:54:55
4. Kevin McDowell USA 00:55:07
5. Davide Uccellari ITA 00:55:10
Results: Junior Women
1. Emmie Charayron FRA 01:00:22
2. Emma Jackson AUS 01:00:41
3. Rachel Klamer NED 01:00:57
4. Maaike Caelers NED 01:00:59
5. Alexandra Razarenova RUS 01:01:05
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