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Weekend Wrap: Australia ranked #1 in mixed triathlon & Burnett reigns supreme at Nationals

12 March 2019

OLYMPIC SPORTS: It was a golden weekend for Australia, with Olympic sports across multiple disciplines claiming victory as they head towards Tokyo 2020.

The triumphs began at the World Triathlon Series in Abu Dhabi, when Tasmania’s Jake Birtwhistle anchored the Australian team home in the mixed relay with Ashleigh Gentle, Luke Willian and Emma Jeffcoat. 

The gold-medal performance now has the Aussies ranked first in the world overall for the mixed relay. This is especially exciting given the discipline makes its debut at Tokyo 2020 and qualification rankings are on the line. 

At the Australian Canoe Sprint National Championships in Perth, Rio Olympic paddler Alyce Burnett managed to claim four golds, with several of her Olympic teammates also making podium appearances.

Only being paired together for three months, the duo defied all odds, coming out of retirement and injury to reign victorious in Manly. 

Judoka Katharina Haecker continued Australia’s medal-winning success, picking up silver at the Marrakech Grand Prix. Newly-naturalised Australian, Kayhan Takagi also claimed bronze. 

Teammates Aoife and Eoin Coughlan finished in fifth and seventh place respectively, while Tinka Easton also found a seventh-place finish. 

Five of the Aussie athletes finished in the top seven, with Australia finishing 13th out of 67, it's best result ever at an International Judo Federation Grand Prix.

At the Lima Pan-American Open, the Australian Judo team were able to find more success with Calvin Knoester claiming silver, and Noam Todhar finishing fifth. 

At the Australian Modern Pentathlon National Championships, the youth of the sport stole the show, with two teenagers taking out the top spots. 

Rhys Lanskey and Tully Watt, both 17-years-old, claimed the senior titles, demonstrating that the future of modern pentathlon is bright. 

Missing the likes of Chloe and Max Esposito and Marina Carrier, the youngsters took the opportunity to step up, bringing home the competition in the process.

Liana Buratti
olympics.com.au

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