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.”