Cassie's set to take on world
BRING on the world titles.
That was message from Maryborough's Cassie Percival after she wound up her preparations for the ITU World Triathlon Championships with a dominant victory at the Agnes Water Triathlon yesterday.
The Urangan State High School teacher capitalised on her strong suit, the swim, to get out to an early lead in the open women's event.
She finished the sprint distance triathlon (750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run) in a time of 1hr 8min 58sec, blitzing her nearest rival Rebecca Jenner by more than three minutes.
Percival, 31, said conditions favoured those who do well in the water.
"The water was pretty choppy, but I'm a strong swimmer so I don't mind the waves," she said.
Percival said she couldn't have hoped for a better hit-out before the world titles, which start in Auckland in a fortnight.
"It was a strong performance," she said.
"My aim was to go out hard and see what would happen.
"It all came together well and worked out for the best."
This will be Percival's fourth start at the world championships and she will be tackling the Olympic distance (1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run).
Her best finish was 18th in 2009 when she contested the 25-29 age group.
Now in the 30-34 age group, Percival said she would be gunning for a top-10 finish.
"I've had a lot more preparation this time around," she said.
Meanwhile, Hervey Bay's Steve Schofield and Amie Munson joined forces to claim the team's event at Agnes Water.