Shaw Attacks Gold Coast, Keane Closer to Rio

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WTS Gold Coast

TI High Performance athletes Bryan Keane and Ben Shaw both put in gutsy performances at the ITU World Triathlon Series race in Gold Coast, Australia.

With just over a month before the Olympic qualification period ends, Keane needed a result similar to his 18th place at the last World Series race in Abu Dhabi to maintain his position on the qualification list and secure his place in Rio.

For Shaw, Gold Coast was another opportunity to pit him self against the best in the world with almost all the big names, including both Brownlees, Mario Mola, Richard Murray and Fernando Alarza on the start list.

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Shaw Makes His Move

Clearly this line up didn't intimidate Shaw as the 24 year old spent much of the race riding aggressively in the lead group to the extent that he eventually broke clear with British athlete Tom Bishop.

By T2 the pair had built up a lead of 50 seconds which saw Shaw emerge on to the run leg as overall race leader. But with Mario Mola and Jonny Brownlee leading a chasing pack of athletes out of T2, the race soon took on a different complexion with Mola winning the race with a run time of 30:47. An exhausted Brownlee was overtaken by Fernando Alarza just before the finish line and had to settle for a 3rd place finish, 14secs back.

In the end, Shaw crossed the line in 41st place and although he told his fans afterwards that it wasn't the result he was looking for, he will have woken a lot of fans and athletes up to growing abilities.

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Keane Runs in to Top 25

With his bike group failing to catch the leaders before T2, Bryan Keane put in one of the quicker run splits of the day to move through the field and take 24th place.

Keane has been managing an achilles injury for a number of months and so went in to Saturday's race requiring a good performance to maintain his Olympic qualifying ranking but uncertain of whether he would be able to complete the 10km run successfully.

In the end, his top-25 finish helped him pick up another 150 points, keeping him in contention for a place at the Rio Games. Keane now heads to the Chegdu World Cup race in China this weekend for one of the final events of 2016 before the qualification period ends  in mid-May and the places for Rio are allocated.