Bay boy wins the world title
Hervey Bay’s champion triathlete smashes the field at Rotterdam to win his second world title of the season
MATTHEW Hauser is the world junior champion.
The former Hervey Bay boy blitzed the field at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final at Rotterdam, Holland, on Saturday to claim victory in the junior men’s race.
It is Hauser’s second world title of the season after he combined with Charlotte McShane, Ashleigh Gentle and Jake Birtwhistle to become the first Australians to win a World Mixed Relay gold medal. Hauser also won his debut World Cup race.
THE sight of Matthew Hauser tearing through the finishing line was proof the demons that haunted him for a year were vanquished.
The Hervey Bay product won his second world title of the season in Rotterdam on Saturday (AEST). The young gun, who moved to the Gold Coast two years ago, blitzed the junior men’s field at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final to become the Junior World Champion.
It comes just two months after Hauser, along with Charlotte McShane, Ashleigh Gentle and Jake Birtwhistle became the first Australians to win a World Mixed Relay gold medal, and completes an epic, 12-month journey back to the top after a disappointing 2016 Grand Final at Cozumel, Mexico, where he finished 45th.
“I’ve been running that Cozumel race over and over in my head trying to work out what went wrong and what I need to fix for Rotterdam,” Hauser said.
“I managed to iron out a few kinks in my physical and mental game and ended up taking the win.
“It feels unbelievable to be a two-time world champ in the same year. Getting the mixed title earlier this year with Team Australia was fantastic but to back it with my own individual world title is a great credit to the help and support I’ve received over the years.”
He said his success was a massive credit to coaches Hervey Bay’s Brian Harrington and Gold Coast’s Dan Atkins, as well as the support from his parents and family.
Hauser never appeared troubled during the race.
The Hervey Bay Triathlon Club member was among the first out of the water after the swim, then recorded one of the fastest times on the bike as he and Norwegian pair Endre Espedal and Vetle Bergsvik Thorn maintained a healthy lead.
A scorching 15 minutes and 23 seconds on the run allowed Hauser to claim a famous 28-second victory.
The World Championship is the latest in a string of achievements for the 19-year-old. He is a four-time Oceania Champion and two-time Australian Junior Triathlon Series points champion, and earlier this year won gold in his debut ITU World Cup race.
❝ I’ve been running that Cozumel race over and over in my head trying to work out what went wrong...
— Junior World Champion Matthew Hauser
CHAMP: Australian triathlete Matthew Hauser becomes the Junior World Champion.
WINNER: Australian triathlete Matthew Hauser crosses the finish line to become the Junior World Champion at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.