Olympic hopeful chasing win
OLYMPICS hopeful Erin Densham will launch into this weekend's Mooloolaba Triathlon believing only a win will suffice.
The 26-year-old, who claimed 22nd place at Beijing in 2008, is one of a handful of Australian women vying for two remaining spots for this year's edition of the Games
Densham claimed two top-10 results on the world championships series last year and snared second place behind Emma Jackson at the Oceania Championships at Devonport a fortnight ago but the New South Welsh woman said she must perform on Sunday to have any hope of making the team.
"They've only named one spot publicly (Emma Moffatt) so there's still two there and there's a fair few girls going for it," she said.
"I can't rule myself out until they've decided and the selectors, I dare say, will be looking at this race so my aim is to go out there and win it."
Densham is also set to contest the high-profile World Championship race in Sydney next month but she believes she cannot afford to wait until then to press her claims.
"I dare say I have just got to come out and win this weekend (to be considered for an Olympic berth)," she said. "I don't think the selectors would accept anything less from me."
Densham is shaping up well for the race, which will boast a field including Beijing gold medallist Emma Snowsill and bronze medallist Moffatt.
"It's all going well. I've put in the most consistent training in the last four months than I have in the last four years so it's all going to plan," she said.
"I've had a much interrupted four years. I had glandular fever. I had a heart condition and a hamstring tendonopathy so it's good to be back and be fully healthy and be able to compete with the best as opposed to just competing."
She has had one recent setback though - a head-on cycling crash leading up to Devonport.
"I'm still getting over it," she said. "I'm functioning fine; I'm just a bit sore. I was on a bike path and this guy was overtaking someone else. I thought he was going to pull back in, as you would do, but I had to jam the brakes on and he stayed where he was and we collided. My wrist blew up like a balloon and I couldn't move my hand so I was pretty worried about that."
Densham was left shaken by the experience and disappointed by her result at Devonport.
"I wasn't satisfied. I just seemed to be lacking energy," she said.
"People told me that it takes a while to get over a crash and I was just a bit down and flat.
"Now I'm feeling good and this week's training has been good."
Friday: 6pm ASICS Twilight 5km Run
Saturday: 8am Superkidz Triathlon; 10.30am Ocean Swim; 3pm Subaru ITU Triathlon World Cup Men
Sunday: 6.30am Northside Party Hire ITU Premium Oceania Cup & Age Group; 8.40am Triathlon Teams; 12.45pm Subaru ITU Triathlon World Cup Women