Bodsworth on podium at the World Championships
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 By STRUAN JONES
A MYRTLEFORD man has achieved fantastic results at last month’s ITU World Triathlon Championships held on the Gold Coast, joining 5000 athletes and competing in two events.
Barry Bodsworth competed in the 55-59 years age category against 90 other triathletes, and completed two race distances, the sprint and the standard.
The sprint consisted of a 750m swim, 20km ride, and a 5km run and took place on September 13.
The standard distance event was scheduled three days later, giving competitors attempting both races only two days to rest and recover, before tackling an Olympiclength 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run on September 16.
It wasn’t his first showing at a World Championships, however, after finishing an impressive fifth in both the sprint and standard distances in Chicago in 2015.
Bodsworth had been riding around local roads and swimming in Wangaratta a couple of times a week, and said he was feeling confident going into the event.
“My training had gone as well as it could have, so I was hoping I would manage at least a top-5 finish,” Bodsworth said.
In his own words, Bodsworth described his experience of the sprint event:
“I was in the first group out of the water so I knew I was 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 www.myrtlefordtimes.com.au 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.”
UP TO THE CHALLENGE: Barry Bodsworth has recently achieved more outstanding results in triathlon competition.