Bodsworth on podium at the World Cham­pi­onships

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 10, 2018 By STRUAN JONES

A MYRTLE­FORD man has achieved fan­tas­tic re­sults at last month’s ITU World Triathlon Cham­pi­onships held on the Gold Coast, join­ing 5000 ath­letes and com­pet­ing in two events.

Barry Bodsworth com­peted in the 55-59 years age cat­e­gory against 90 other triath­letes, and com­pleted two race dis­tances, the sprint and the stan­dard.

The sprint con­sisted of a 750m swim, 20km ride, and a 5km run and took place on Septem­ber 13.

The stan­dard dis­tance event was sched­uled three days later, giv­ing com­peti­tors at­tempt­ing both races only two days to rest and re­cover, be­fore tack­ling an Olympi­clength 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run on Septem­ber 16.

It wasn’t his first show­ing at a World Cham­pi­onships, how­ever, af­ter fin­ish­ing an im­pres­sive fifth in both the sprint and stan­dard dis­tances in Chicago in 2015.

Bodsworth had been rid­ing around lo­cal roads and swim­ming in Wan­garatta a cou­ple of times a week, and said he was feel­ing con­fi­dent go­ing into the event.

“My train­ing had gone as well as it could have, so I was hop­ing I would man­age at least a top-5 fin­ish,” Bodsworth said.

In his own words, Bodsworth de­scribed his ex­pe­ri­ence of the sprint event:

“I was in the first group out of the wa­ter so I knew I was well set up,” he said

“I came out of tran­si­tion with the race favourite, the Ital­ian Danillo Pal­mucci, and we rode to­gether, swap­ping turns for the en­tire bike leg, but I knew the chase group wasn’t far be­hind.

“I was happy with my run time of 18 min­utes, but it wasn’t good enough to beat the Ital­ian, and I fin­ished se­cond by 40 sec­onds,” Bodsworth said.

Pal­mucci is a le­gend of Ital­ian triathlon.

He raced as a pro­fes­sional in his younger days and at his peak was ranked eighth in the world.

With only two days to re­cover, Bodsworth said he was www.myrtle­ford­ feel­ing “sur­pris­ingly good” lead­ing into the Olympic dis­tance race in which he fin­ished third.

Bodsworth was more than pleased with his re­sult, and now au­to­mat­i­cally qual­i­fies for next year’s World Cham­pi­onships in Lau­sanne, Switzer­land.

“There will be a se­ri­ous fam­ily con­fer­ence be­fore a de­ci­sion gets made on that one,” he said.

“In the mean­time I’ll keep up the train­ing and com­pete in some of the lo­cal races at Al­lan’s Flat.

“They’re al­ways a good hit out and there’s usu­ally a few guys of rea­son­able stan­dard, so it’s good rac­ing.”

UP TO THE CHAL­LENGE: Barry Bodsworth has re­cently achieved more out­stand­ing re­sults in triathlon com­pe­ti­tion.

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