Jackson and Bailie Tearing it up in Glasgow
Our Aussie athletes are making a splash in Glasgow producing some top results
Australian triathletes Emma Jackson and Ryan Bailie have both produced fighting fifths in their Commonwealth Games debuts at Strathclyde Park, in Glasgow.
Queensland’s 22-year-old Jackson fought till the end of the 10km run after the field had completed two laps of the lake for the 1500m swim and five laps of the undulating bike course.
Bailie, 23, also hung in for a battle royal to the finish with Canadian Andrew Yorke, before finishing the best of the Australian men in a race completely dominated by triathlon greats, The Brownlee brothers – Alistair and Jonathan, who showed why they are the hottest property in the sport.
The women’s race saw Jackson (fifth), Emma Moffatt (seventh) and Ashleigh Gentle (ninth) while in the men’s race it was Bailie (fifth), his training partner Aaron Royle (eighth) and Dan Wilson (ninth).
After the 60km bike in the women’s race, staged in hot, energy-sapping conditions, in the middle of the day, Jackson tried desperately to hang on to a group of five that quickly dropped Australia’s two-time ITU World champion Moffatt.
The diminutive Jackson, who had used up her energy stocks early in the bike after a difficult swim, looked to be struggling as the English pair, eventual gold medallist Jodie Stimpson and team mate, eventual bronze medallist Vicky Holland broke away with Canada’s Kirsten Sweetland.
It quickly became a medal race in three as the experienced Stimpson broke clear towards the backend of the third run lap.
Jackson took on New Zealand’s former ITU world champion Andrea Hewitt but it was the Kiwi who fought back to take fourth, Jackson finishing fifth with her fellow Australians Moffatt, seventh and Ashleigh Gentle, who played catch up the whole race, ninth.
“That was such a tough day out there today. The swim was just so fast I was seriously trailing that group the whole swim,” said Jackson.
“ I just tried my hardest to keep up with the pack. That first lap of the bike seriously was the hardest first lap I have ever done so I was pretty wrecked from that or the rest of the race.
“The Brownlees were in a different race to the rest of us boys so in the other race we tried to get through the race the best we could,” Wilson said.
Royle agreed, saying: “You give someone like the Brownlees an inch and they will punish you for it. They completely showed today they have taken the sport of draft legal racing to a new level and I don’t think many people would argue that after seeing their performance today.