Smith on top of the world

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

VIC­TO­RIA Park-based club Eclipse Fit­ness has had incredible suc­cess on a global scale af­ter com­pet­ing at the World Duathlon Cham­pi­onships in Ade­laide last month.

Coach Stu­art Durham, along with ta­lented com­peti­tors Matt Smith and Kurt Wes­ley re­turned to WA proud of the club’s over­all ex­cep­tional re­sults, with one ath­lete claim­ing a world ti­tle.

Matt Smith be­came world cham­pion when he won the race in his age group of 16-19 and said the feel­ing was only just start­ing to set­tle in.

“The first few hours af­ter the race I just had no idea what to think; there were hun­dreds of mes­sages com­ing through con­grat­u­lat­ing me and every­thing was hap­pen­ing a mil­lion miles per hour,” he said.

“But now I’m home and had a chance to re­flect on the whole ex­pe­ri­ence, it feels like this huge sense of achieve­ment and it’s pretty amaz­ing.”

Smith re­flected on the gru­elling train­ing re­quired.

“Kurt and I would be pump­ing out close to 250km on the bike with around 80km run­ning in some weeks,” he said.

“A lot of sac­ri­fices have to be made to be an elite ath­lete, and there’s the con­stant tired feel­ing that fol­lows you around but it all be­comes worth it when you win a world cham­pi­onship.”

The com­pet­i­tive race saw Smith com­plete a chal­leng­ing 5km run, 20km cy­cle, fin­ished with a 2.5km run in a time of just 56.56 min­utes.

“The fi­nal run I was just try­ing to think about all the train­ing I had done and mak­ing sure I fin­ished with noth­ing left in the tank,” he said.

“At one point I was in that much pain I thought I was go­ing to pass out, but I knew I had to keep push­ing in the last two and a half kilo­me­tre run.”

Eclipse Fit­ness coach Stu­art Durham with world cham­pion Matt Smith.

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