Every place matters as Noble looks to London Olympics

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Gavin Noble got underway in the men’s race in the early hours of Saturday morning for the Sydney leg of the ITU World Triathlon Series. Ranked 44th in the Olympic Simulation with the top 55 to qualify for London, Noble went into the race with a clear focus of gathering points.

Occupying the 59th spot on the start pontoon Noble soon found himself in the thick of the action as they rounded the first swim buoy scrambling 7 and 8 abreast. By halfway Noble had manage to find some clear water and exited the 1500m swim in 18minutes and the top half of the field.

Onto the bike and Noble settled into the main pack as Elvery of New Zealand and Vasiliev of Russian pushed on to form a two man break away.

“For me as a small nation it’s not my concern to pull them back, I guess if it’s the Russian’s away then it’s more the concern of the Canadian’s and the Spanish.” Noble commented.

“For those guys to stay away on the bike when it was so hard was impressive. I can show you my power data and you’ll see while we’re cycling around in a big group it’s defiantly not easy.”

Entering T2 the two leaders had a minute over the main pack. Noble had a quick transition, racking his bike and donning his runners in 21 seconds flat and was out for the 10km run. Early breakaway leader Elvery soon fell off the pace and was swallowed up by the chasers. A gutsy Vasiliev held on until the final few kilometres where a trio containing Justus of Germany, Murray of South Africa and Vidal of France blazed past.

Meanwhile Noble was moving through the field up from 45th in the early stages to finish 35th from 70 starters.

“I’ve been out with a stress fracture for 7 weeks so my run fitness it’s really there and I knew when I got off the bike I’d have to run my own race and try and pick guys off.” Noble commented afterwards.

“My job was to come here and score points. I know myself where my form is and I’m not here to be a hero I’m here to collect points and every place matters.”

The race was won by Steffen Justus who pulled clear with 3km remaining to the finish in a time of 1:51:04. Murray had a break through race coming through in second with last weekend’s Mooloolaba World Cup winner Laurent Vidal in 3rd.