Malowiecki runs them ragged
IF Sophie Malowiecki was close enough entering the run leg in the Australian Junior Championship female race at the Devonport Triathlon, then current form suggested the rest of the field wasn’t a chance.
Unfortunately for remaining competitors she was in the leading group and the result took care of itself from there.
The 19-year-old from Brisbane, who last weekend won the Queensland 5000m Under 20 athletics title in a World Junior Championship qualifying time, made up for plenty of bad luck in recent years to claim her maiden National title and a possible place on the world championship team.
Malowiecki suffered a flat tyre in Devonport last year, which came on top of being forced out of the Australian junior world championship team in Chicago and a DNF in Edmonton the year before.
“It’s nice to win and everything to go right for you – I’ve had a pretty hard last two years and I’m just so relieved to win today and nothing to go wrong,” Malowiecki said.
“It’s just been about focussing on the processes, and not so much focusing on the big picture – that will come through the processes.”
“The 5000m run was phenomenal – I wasn’t expecting to go that fast – and it certainly helped when I was on the bike and thinking I still had the run to go.”
Malowiecki triumphed by 41 seconds from defending champion Brittany Dutton, with Zoe Leahy a further 11 seconds behind in an all-Queensland trifecta.
In the girls 13-16 age group youth race, South Australian Charlotte Derbyshire claimed the Australian title with her third win this summer, obliterating the field by 97 seconds. Queensland’s Keely Whittaker was second with Western Australian Abby Ouwendyk third.
Content courtesy of The Advocate, written by Brad Cole