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

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - SPORT - Matthew McIn­er­ney Matthew.McIn­er­ney@ news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

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

PHOTO: ITU ME­DIA | WAG­NER ARAUJO

CHAMP: Aus­tralian triath­lete Matthew Hauser be­comes the Ju­nior World Cham­pion.

PHOTO: ITU ME­DIA | WAG­NER ARAUJO

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.

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