GOLD! Australia wins mixed team relay triathlon

AUSTRALIA has clinched another gold, taking out the mixed team relay triathlon at the Broadwater Parklands on Saturday afternoon.

Gillian Backhouse and Gold Coast-based athlete Matthew Hauser opened the relay for Australia and it was a tight battle between the Aussies and England by the time it reached the third leg.

Gold Coaster Ashleigh Gentle then took over, battling it out with England’s Jess Learmonth, who was the silver medallist in the individual event.


Learmonth moved in front on the 250-metre swim but Gentle wasn’t far behind her during the 7km bike ride.

The pair hit the transition neck and neck but Learmonth appeared to roll her ankle while trying to get off her bike and she just could not fully recover, helping Gentle open up a massive gap during her 1.5km run.

By the time Gentle handed over to Jake Birtwhistle for the final leg, Australia had a significant 39-second lead.

Birtwhistle also put on a starring performance, increasing the buffer over Englishman Alistair Brownlee.

Australia crossed the line first in one hour, 17 minutes and 36 seconds.

England finished 52 seconds behind in second place and New Zealand came in third.

Photo: Matt McDonald

It takes Australia’s gold medal tally to 15 and we remain at the top of the tally with a total of 42 medals.