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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 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.”

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