Australia remains on top of the podium at the 2016 Oceania Triathlon Championship. The top athlete from the men’s and women’s race qualified to the Olympics. The Oceania Triathlon Championship was held in Gisborne, New Zealand from March 19th to March 20th 2016.
In the women’s race it was Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat and Emma Moffatt whom emerged from the water in the lead by almost a minute and a half. The two would extend their lead throughout the cycling portion with the running portion remaining to decide which athlete would take the gold. It was the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Moffatt whom pressed on to win the gold medal at a time of 2:02:24. Jeffcoat won the silver with a time of 2:04:58 while Australia’s Jaz Hedgeland completed the sweep with a time of 2:09:16.
In the men’s race it was Australia’s Aaron Royle whom emerged from the water with a 30 second lead over the entire field. Royle was caught and passed by compatriot Marcel Walkington though remained close at the end of the cycling stage. In the end it was Walkington whom held enough speed to finish about 8 seconds ahead of Royle to win the gold and Olympic quota with a time of 1:52:06. Australia’s Jacob Birtwhistle completed the sweep as he finished with a time of 1:53:03.
Despite being cleanly beaten New Zealand will be looking to qualify while Australia will be looking to increase its team size from the World Rankings which will decide the large majority of quotas in mid-May.
Quotas by Nations
- Australia – 2
- ITU. 2016 Gisborne OTU Triathlon Oceania Championships – Men’s Results. Access on March 19 2016.
- ITU. 2016 Gisborne OTU Triathlon Oceania Championships – Women’s Results. Access on March 19 2016.