Ireland’s Aileen Morrison is looking forward to Sunday’s ‘2012 Ishigaki ITU Triathlon World Cup’ event in Japan.
At Saturday’s media conference the Derry athlete had this spoke about her prospects for the big race:
On how it feels to be back in Ishigaki and on her current condition:
“This is my second time here and it’s great to be back here because of the friendly people and the island is really beautiful. Getting silver was nice last year, but getting gold this time would be fabulous. I started well in Portugal, but did not run well in Sydney, so hopefully I can put together a good performance for all three components.”
On what this event signifies in view of the upcoming Olympics:
“I am between 11th and 15th place in the Olympic simulation rankings. Having started competing in triathlon four years ago, I’ve earned the only Irish slot for contention. This will be my first Olympics, so I’m very excited. I’d like to be consistent throughout the year, and to perform just as well in the Olympics would be even better.”
Hosting an ITU Triathlon World Cup for the 17th consecutive year, Ishigaki remains the longest serving host city in ITU history, and will be welcoming 30 women and 56 men representing 30 nations for this year’s edition.
The elite women’s competition is scheduled to commence at 13:00 local time, and the elite men’s competition at 15:45 on 22 April at Tonoshiro Fishing Port in Ishigaki.
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