Densham in running for Olympics

Erin Densham claims victory at the Mooloolaba Triathlon.
Erin Densham claims victory at the Mooloolaba Triathlon. John Mccutcheon

A BLISTERING run leg by Erin Densham helped her blitz the field in yesterday's women's Mooloolaba Triathlon.

After taking a slender lead in the swim, Densham blew her fellow competitors away in the 5km run to eventually beat Sweden's Nicola Spirig by 52 seconds.

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Not usually considered a strong swimmer, Densham said she surprised herself to be first out of the water.

"I'd never been out of the water in front and I think I actually laughed," she said.

"It was like 'wow, what do I do here?'.

"I almost pumped the air right there and then - that was a win."

The mighty swim laid a great platform for the rest of her race, allowing Densham to maintain a steady pace on the bike before kicking on during her run.

"It makes it so much easier not having to chase," she said.

"I felt comfortable in the run which was nice so I didn't have to over exert myself.

"I just kept that going with nothing over the top and nothing too slow."

Densham's win was made all the more sweet by the fact she was coming back from a bout of glandular fever and a heart condition that almost saw her quit the sport.

"I had glandular fever and SVT (Supraventricular Tachycardia) which I've had since I was 12 that was made worse by glandular," Densham said.

"I eventually had the operation on my heart in 2009 and then it was a long slow road back and at times I thought I couldn't do it any more.

"I've had a hard run and it beats you up a little but I'm feeling good in training and just glad that I could show everyone what I'm capable of.

"I'm stoked."

Grensham was considered an outside chance for the London Olympics but yesterday's win puts her back in contention for a place on the team.

"I've always been an outsider for London and I haven't posted the results that the selectors would have liked but being an Olympic year it's a good time to win," she said.

"I don't know if this puts me back in the game or not but I'm just here to do what I enjoy doing and I'll keep racing no matter what.

"It just all worked out today.

"All the stars were aligned, weren't they?"



1. Erin Densham (AUS) 2:03:31

2. Nicola Spirig (SUI) 2:04:24

3. Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 2:04:30

4. Liz Blatchford (GBR) 2:05:16

5. Rachel Klamer (NED) 2:05:19

6. Daniela Ryf (SUI) 2:05:29

7. Laura Bennett (USA) 2:05:34

8. Gwen Jorgensen (USA) 2:05:39

9. Emma Moffatt (AUS) 2:05:48

10. Lisa Norden (SWE) 2:06:11

Topics:  erin densham olympics triathlon women

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