Royle sets good pace

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

AUS­TRALIAN Aaron Royle has pro­duced his best re­sult in 16 months on a day of records at the Ham­burg leg of the World Triathlon Se­ries.

Royle’s fifth be­hind up­set win­ner, French­man Vin­cent Luis, was his best per­for­mance since his break­through podium in Auck­land last year and a step to­wards Aus­tralia qual­i­fy­ing three men for the start­line at next year’s Olympic Games.

The talk­ing points, how­ever, were the 11th con­sec­u­tive WTS vic­tory of Wol­lon­gong- based Amer­i­can Gwen Jor­gensen and the siz­zling run leg from Spain’s Mario Mola.

Mola’s 13 min 55 sec 5km run split was the fastest in WTS history.

Gil­lian Back­house ( 12th) and Ash­leigh Gen­tle ( 14th) were the best per­formed Aus­tralian women.

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