Kiwi triathlete moves on from Glasgow result

BEN STRANG
Last updated 12:26 27/08/2014
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BOUNCING BACK: Kiwi triathlete Ryan Sissons is hoping a strong performance in Canada can help erase his disappointment after a poor showing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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Glasgow may haunt Kiwi triathlete Ryan Sissons, but he is hoping a strong performance in Edmonton, Canada can go some way to fixing that.

Sissons will race in the elite men's field on Monday morning at the ITU Triathlon World Championships alongside fellow Kiwi Tony Dodds.

Top ranked New Zealander Sissons headed to Spain after the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, training there for four weeks in preparation for the world champs.

In between he competed in a French grand prix event, finishing eighth, and said his body is feeling good.

''I had a few days off after the Commonwealth Games and then three very big weeks of training,'' Sissons said.

''I got a lot of stuff done that I was really pleased with. Everything has gone really well and I guess I'm just looking to get over the travel and jet lag and get the final few sessions in this week before the race.

''I adjusted my training a lot after the disappointing Glasgow result, and I just hope that's going to pay off.''

The Glasgow effort still lingers in the back of Sissons' mind.

After a 13th placing in the men's race, Sissons backed up in the mixed team relay, bringing the New Zealand team home. 

Sitting second heading into the final leg of the race, Sissons gambled by easing off on his cycle leg with leader Alistair Brownlee way out in front.

That decision proved fatal during the bike-run transition, and Sissons didn't have the legs to keep up over the run leg.

''I didn't go into Glasgow looking for a bad performance'' Sissons said.

''I don't really go into any race looking to race average, however that's just sport and sometimes you just have a bad day, and for me that was Glasgow.

''I'm the first one to be angry and disappointed with that.

"I know I'm fit and I was fit in Glasgow. I just was missing a few things, and hopefully the last four weeks I've been able to change that.''

Sissons is sitting 14th on the ITU points list heading into the world champs, and a strong performance could propel him into the top 10 for this season.

That's the goal in Edmonton, and in the process it could quash some of those Glasgow demons.

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