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Walton wins World Cup race

By Roger Vaughan 23/11/2003 07:08:31 PM Comments (0)

An all-the-way domination of the Geelong World Cup triathlon has Craig Walton confident he'll join the sport's Australian Olympic shadow squad.

Triathlon Australia's selectors will meet on Monday to update the pre-Games squad ahead of the first selection trial on December 20 in Coffs Harbour.

Members of the shadow squad will have the front-running to make the Australian team of three men and three women for the Olympic triathlon, with the second trial on February 1 in Perth.

While Walton dominated the men's race, Dutchwoman Wieke Hoogzaad sprinted clear in the final straight of the women's event for her first World Cup win.

"I don't think I could do any more other than what I've done today to make the shadow team - that was definitely another motivator today and that's what kept me so focused," Walton said.

"Nothing is going to get in my way (for Olympics selection) ... I think the motivation will get me across the line on December 20.

"If it does, it does. If it doesn't, it doesn't. It's not the end of the world."

TA's national performance director, selector and Walton's former coach, Bill Davoren, declined to comment on the selection meeting.

But he described Walton's win as "an impressive performance - he put himself on the line."

Walton is making a late run at Olympic selection after competing most of the year in the United States at races which did not count towards the shadow team.

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