WORLD NO.7: Ashleigh Gentle puts in the hard yards at last year’s Noosa Triathlon.
WORLD NO.7: Ashleigh Gentle puts in the hard yards at last year’s Noosa Triathlon. John Mccutcheon

Gentle plans to push her Games case

WORLD No.7 Ashleigh Gentle is intent on making a further impression on Commonwealth Games selectors at tomorrow's ITU Mooloolaba World Cup race.

The 23-year-old is among the leading candidates for a spot in Australia's three-woman team for Glasgow after performing strongly in her 2013 campaign.

A solid outing in her first serious race of the season, ahead of the all-important World Triathlon Series opener in Auckland next month, would provide the selectors with a timely reminder of her wares.

"I think it's quite important for Commonwealth Games selection and there is a good quality field, so it will be a really good test to see where I'm at," she said.

"And hopefully if I do well, it's something the selectors will take note of."

Five of the world's top 10 women triathletes will contest the sprint format race (750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run).

Among them are world No.6 Emma Moffatt, who has already been nominated for a spot in Australia's team.

GENTLE finished last year's WTS as the country's second-highest rated triathlete, behind Moffatt and ahead of Emma Jackson (11th).

That campaign had stood her in good stead for Games selection, the Gold Coast ahtlete said, but she certainly wouldn't be resting on her laurels.

"From my results last year and where I ended up in the world ranking I feel confident in my position, but you've got to prove that you're fit and you're ready to race at the Games, and with it being discretionary selection you can't really leave a stone unturned," she said.

"You can't really feel too confident until you get picked.

"You've just got to make sure you race well."

Gentle showed how desperate she was for a Games berth when she competed in the final of the WTS in London last year.

Battling a leg injury (iliotibial band syndrome), she still managed to claim ninth place.

"It (the injury) took a lot of running out of my legs before London, a lot of cross training," Gentle said.

"It was quite disappointing, but I did what I could because I knew London was really important for selection.

"I wanted to make sure I made the start line and I still feel like I produced a reasonable result for the lack of running I'd had".

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