TRIATHLON: Brittany Dutton has won Australia's first medal of the Youth Olympic Games with gold in the women's triathlon.
“I’m so happy, it’s all I ever wanted and I got it,” she said of her dominant win.
In a field of 32 competitors from around the world, Dutton made a brave break at the end of the bike leg and hit the run solo.
From there, she never looked like being caught, bolting home in 59:56 ahead of American Stephanie Jenks in silver (1:00:33) and France's Emilie Morier in bronze (1:00:55).
“I knew I had to run the bike transition hard to try and get with the front pack,” Dutton said.
“It was hard the run, I pushed myself really hard the whole way and I knew I had to keep pushing myself.”
It was a wonderful moment for Dutton as she finished the race a fair length in front of Jenks.
“When I was coming along the last end straight and there wasn’t much longer to go and I couldn’t see anyone behind me and I could see all the Aussie fans and then that’s when I knew I could relax and enjoy the moment,” Dutton explains the moment she knew the gold medal was hers.
Emotions were running high as Dutton crossed the line.
“It was awesome, I wanted to cry,” she said.
Australian women have long been queens of triathlon, winning a medal at every Games since Sydney 2000.
Emma Snowsill became the first Australian to win Olympic triathlon gold, and is here in Nanjing as an Athlete Role Model.
At the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, Ellie Salthouse won a silver medal.