Moffatt donates win bonus to fires fund
28 October 2013
TRIATHLON: Olympic medallist Emma Moffatt donated her $2000 bonus to the NSW Bushfire Appeal after she beat the men in Sunday's Nepean Triathlon in Sydney.
The two-time world champion beat top men's finisher Aaron Royle by two minutes and 55 seconds in the handicap race to win the extra prize money.
But the Queenslander immediately donated the bonus to the appeal, saying she had watched news reports of last week's disaster on television and was amazed by the work of the firefighters.
"The least I can do is donate my bonus to the appeal to help out those people who lost everything," she said.
Billed as Australia's oldest triathlon, the Nepean race was held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre - not far from the area affected by the fires.
The professional women were given a 10 minute and 59 second start over the elite men for the event that consisted of a 1km swim, 30km cycle and 10km run.
Moffatt, who won a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics, dominated the women's race to win in one hour 34 minutes 39 seconds.
Royle similarly impressed in the men's race and won in 1:26:35, but could not catch Moffatt.
"It was a bit of a different race for us, obviously not used to this style with the boys chasing you the whole time," Moffatt said. "Even if the (other) girls aren't right there you've got to keep going - racing scared the whole day."
Moffatt still took home $17,000 - $14,000 for the win and $1000 apiece for the fastest swim, bike and run splits among the women. Royle won $15,000, having recorded the fastest men's run split.
Moffatt and Royle are Australia's first nominations to race at the Commonwealth Games next year in Glasgow. Moffatt beat rising star Ashleigh Gentle by more than a minute to show she has strong form for next week's Noosa triathlon, Australia's top Olympic-distance race.
Royle beat Sam Appleton in the men's race by 53 seconds, with two-time Olympian Brad Kahlefeldt in third place.